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Hank Mobley

As one of the founding members of the original Jazz Messengers, tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley was part of a brilliant innovation. Bebop's second generation of players had pulled the music into a tailspin of virtuosity. But there was a new inspirational sound taking hold, with roots in gospel and blues. By combining the best of bebop with the soulful new thing springing up, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley and Doug Watkins fashioned a sound with a percussive, street feel inspired by the hot steam grates and pavement they walked, the propulsive drive of the lives they were leading. Mobley was born in Eastman, Georgia, but was raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey, near Newark

Soul Station

Label: Music Matters
Released: 2020
Track listing: Remember; This I Dig Of You; Dig Dis; Split Feelin's; Soul Station; If I Should Lose You.

Just Coolin'

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Hipsippy Blues; Close Your Eyes; Jimerick; Quick Trick; M&M; Just Coolin’.

Dial "S" for Sonny

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Dial “S” for Sonny; Bootin’ It; It Could Happen to You; Sonny’s Mood; Shoutin’ on a Riff; Love Walked In; Bootin’ It (alternate take).

ARTICLE: RADIO

First, Ohm’s Law (musically)

Read "First, Ohm’s Law (musically)" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Starting out, a 'physics lesson' courtesy of Seamus Blake, Hank Mobley & Tain! We revive our R&B compare and contrast feature with Ivory Joe Hunter versus Jimmy Smith. Centennials? Of course: Bird and Dave Brubeck (solo)! Along the way, John Patitucci, Bud Powell, Gregory Agid and Anat Cohen, as well as our continuing chronological celebration of ...

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

Dial "S" for Sonny

Read "Dial "S" for Sonny" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Pianist Sonny Clark was culturally marginalized in much the same way as his contemporary Elmo Hope—both heroin-addicted jazz musicians in the 1950s: at the time, and romantically, a cliche. Both pianists have been sorely lumped into the “Bud Powell school of bop piano" which superficially may seem accurate until one considers the evolutionary continuum of jazz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Stephen Menold: On the Night Bus

Read "On the Night Bus" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Stephen Menold's ride On the Night Bus is for the most part an amiable and pleasant trip, one wherein the Canadian-born bassist's quintet revisits a time when bop reigned supreme and giants whose names are forever enshrined in the historic annals of jazz were alive and swinging. While Menold says his series of ten original compositions ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Cesar Cardoso: Dice of Tenors

Read "Dice of Tenors" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Dice of Tenors is Portuguese-bred tenor saxophonist Cesar Cardoso's ardent salute to a half-dozen of the world's foremost tenor saxophone masters: Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Hank Mobley, Joe Henderson and Benny Golson. To carry out that purpose, Cardoso has convened an admirable octet on which he shares the front line with trumpeter Jason Palmer, ...

Hard Bop: An Alternative Top Ten

Read "Hard Bop: An Alternative Top Ten" reviewed by Chris May

Hard bop was the jazz centre of the world from the mid 1950s to the mid 1960s, producing many hundreds of immortal albums. Trying to whittle these down to a definitive Top Ten is fun—but it is a subjective and ultimately impossible exercise. In an attempt to dodge those hurdles, the list which ...


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