261

Hank Mobley: The Flip

By

Sign in to view read count
Hank Mobley: The Flip Leonard Feather once hailed Hank Mobley as "the middleweight champion of the tenor saxophone." Mobley was better than that. An exquisite soul messenger, Mobley was criticized for not being as aggressive, voluminous, or trailblazing as his contemporaries. Indeed, he was not. Instead, his music was steeped in care, precision and nuances. In Mobley's hands, such treatment often dazzled, as on his latest Blue Note reissue, The Flip.

Recorded in 1969 at Studio Barclay in Paris, this album would be Mobley's second to last for the label. He's supported by an excellent crew of international musicians, including Dizzy Reece on trumpet, Slide Hampton on trombone, Vince Benedetti on piano, Alby Cullaz on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. All the tunes on The Flip were composed by Mobley and are built around his strengths of soul, swing, and subtlety. Listen to the opening statements of the title track, the punch of the horns, the dance of the rhythm section, the sheer joy of it all. It's a vicious groove by all accounts, as the members revel in this boogaloo scene.

Now, when compared to the melodic thoughts of "Feelin' Folksy," you begin to understand Mobley's worth. The ease of his lines, the effortless flow of ideas, harmony and rhythm is never brute, forceful, or shrieking. Further proofs are in all the compositions on The Flip. The charms do not end with Mobley, either. Hampton's trombone wailings are often clever and valuable throughout the album. Check out Reece's trumpet solos on "Snappin' Out," and "18th Hole." Jones, as always, is beyond compliments. The true surprise on this album is the pianist, Benedetti. His accompaniments are in excellent taste, as are those of Cullaz.

True, this album and its composer will never be within the ranks of the most influential, the most revered, or even the most downloaded. Fine. Besides, as a provocateur of beauty, Mobley is in a class all his own.

Visit Blue Note on the web.

This review first appeared in All About Jazz: Los Angeles .


Track Listing: The Flip/ Feelin' Folksy/ Snappin' Out/ 18th Hole/ Early Morning Stroll

Personnel: Dizzy Reece- trumpet; Slide Hampton- trombone; Hank Mobley- tenor saxophone; Vince Benedetti- piano; Alby Cullaz- bass; Philly Joe Jones- drums

Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Blue Note Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read The Invariant CD/LP/Track Review The Invariant
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "Trio Miami" CD/LP/Track Review Trio Miami
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: November 8, 2016
Read "All These Hands" CD/LP/Track Review All These Hands
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 20, 2016
Read "The Quest: Live at the A.P.C." CD/LP/Track Review The Quest: Live at the A.P.C.
by Jim Trageser
Published: February 14, 2017
Read "Live At Umbria Jazz" CD/LP/Track Review Live At Umbria Jazz
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: June 10, 2016
Read "Alameda Gardens" CD/LP/Track Review Alameda Gardens
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 22, 2016
Read "Live in Sant’Anna Arresi, 2004" CD/LP/Track Review Live in Sant’Anna Arresi, 2004
by Karl Ackermann
Published: December 17, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!