World of Jazz Podcast 45 – Hank Mobley Special

This week a selection of tracks from some of the many albums of tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley


  1. Hank Mobley Quartet – Hank’s Prank
  2. Hank Mobley Sextet – Double Whammy
  3. Hank Mobley – Easy To Love
  4. Hank Monley – Gettin’ Into Something
  5. Hank Mobley – A Slice Off The Top
  6. Hank Mobley – High and Flighty (Alt. Take)
  7. Hank Mobley – Workout
  8. Hank Mobley – The Jazz Message (Freedom For All)

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Background information

  1. Hank Mobley Quartet (1955) This debut of Mobley on Blue Note records includes Horace Silver on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, plus Art Blakey on drums.
  2. Hank Mobley with Donald Byrd and Lee Morgan (1956) Some star guests on this session from late 1956. The rhythm section is Horace Silver, Paul Chambers and Charlie Persip. One of the amazing twenty recordings sessions Mobley was involved in during that year.
  3. Hank (1957)  The following April Mobley was back at Rudy Van Gelders studio with another sextet – Donald Byrd (trumpet) John Jenkins (alto saxophone) Bobby Timmons (piano) Wilbur Ware (bass) and Philly Joe Jones (drums).
  4. Poppin’ (1957) And onto October of the same year. Poppin’ was one of many sessions Mobley recorded in the late ’50s which remained unreleased until the late ’70s. It  is uncleear why this album was left sat on the shelves , given it as good as the other records he recorded at the time. This time around he is leading a sextet featuring trumpeter Art Farmer, baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams, pianist Sonny Clark, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones.
  5. A Slice Off The Top (1966) One of Hank’s Mobley’s more varied sessions, four of his originals, plus the standard “There’s a Lull in My Life,” are performed by an octet in the cool style of Miles Davis’s “Birth of the Cool” nonet, arranged by Duke Pearson. Although recorded in 1966, this date was not released until 1979 (and reissued on CD in 1995). Mobley who had moved on from his hard bop roots, works well with more  adventurous players as altoist James Spaulding, trumpeter Lee Morgan, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Billy Higgins. The inclusion of Kiane Zawadi on euphonium and Howard Johnson on tuba makes for a different tonal palette and feel.
  6. Peckin’ Time (1958) The Peckin’ Time session was recorded February 9, 1958 (the LP was issued a year later) and came in the midst of what was a period of whirlwind creativity for Mobley, who recorded work for the Savoy and Prestige imprints as well as six full albums for Blue Note in a little more than a year’s time For this session, Mobley found himself working again with Lee Morgan on trumpet and in front of an impressive rhythm section that included pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Charlie Persip,
  7. Workout (1961) One of the best-known Mobley recordings, and for good reason. Although none of his four originals caught on Hank is in top form. He jams on the four tunes, plus “The Best Things in Life Are Free,” with an all-star quintet – guitarist Grant Green, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones – Chambers and Kelly also being members of the current Miles Davis Quintet with Mobley.
  8. The Jazz Message of Hank Mobley (1956) Other than the Blue Note date from the previous year (the first track on the podcast), this release contains Hank Mobley’s first two sessions as a leader. With trumpeter Donald Byrd, either Hank Jones or Ronnie Ball on piano, Wendell Marshall or Doug Watkins on bass, drummer Kenny Clarke and (on three numbers) the unusual altoist John LaPorta.

Mobley Workour

World of Jazz – 12th April 2012

On this show……and listen here

1 The Unity Sextet Black Pearl The Unity Sextet
2 Jan Garbarek Esoteric Circle Esoteric Circle
3 Ron Carter Sweet Lorraine Jazz My Romance
4 Lennie Tristano Pastime Decent in the Maelstrom
5 The Modern Jazz Quartet Concorde Concorde
6 Donny McCaslin Grafton Soar
7 Art Farmer Alone Together Yesterdays Thoughts
8 Hank Mobley You Gotta Hit It Thinking of Home
9 Art Pepper Mr Yohe Living Legend

World of Jazz – 23rd February 2012 – Four Sonny’s

On this show the focus is on four great Sonny’s of Jazz – Stitt, Clarke, Rollins, and Criss ……

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1 Sonny Stitt Yardbird Suite Stitt Plays Bird
2 Sonny Clark Minor Meeting (Second Version) My Conception
3 Sonny Criss Black Coffee This is Criss
4 Sonny Rollins In A Sentimental Mood Sonny Rollins with the MJQ
5 John Zorn, George Lewis, Bill Frisell Sonny’s Crib News for Lulu
6 Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Sonny Rollins I Know That You Know Sonny Side Up
7 Sonny Rollins My Reverie Tenor Madness
8 Hank Mobley Getting’ Into Something Poppin’
9 Lee Morgan Since I Feel For You Candy
10 Sonny Criss Ballad for Samuel Sonny’s Dream (The Birth of the New Cool)
11 Sonny Rollins Round Midnight All The Things You Are

World of Jazz – 5th January 2012 – Blue Note Special

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Lou Donaldson


Midnight Creeper


Midnight Creeper

Blue Mitchell Mona’s  Mood The Thing To Do
Lee Morgan Ceora Cornbread
Jackie McLean Blue Rondo One Step Beyond
Art Blakey  and the Jazz Messengers It’s Only A Paper Moon The Complete Blue Note recordings of Art Blakey’s 1960 Jazz Messengers
Horace Silver Quintet Melancholy Mood Further Explorations by the Horace Silver Quintet
Stanley Turrentine Somethings Happening To Me Hustlin’
Joe Lovano Like Someone In Love I’m All For You
Hank Mobley Speak Low Peckin’ Time


World of Jazz – 7th April 2011 – Saxophone

Especially for my good friends Tricia and Tony….

  1. Jimmy Heath – The Voice of the Saxophone – The Time and the Place – a fine solo from “Little Bird” from his 1974 album – the album also features trombonist Curtis Fuller, guitarist Pat Martino, pianist Stanley Cowell, bassist Sam Jones, drummer Billy Higgins and percussionist Mtume.
  2. Roland Kirk – The Things I Love – The Complete Works of Roland Kirk – confusing this one as there are two Kirk albums with the same title but this is the Mercury release from 1964 with Horace Parlan, Michael Fleming and Steve Ellington and not the live album from Ronnie Scott’s. It’s included in the huge box set of Kirk Mercury recordings.
  3. Charlie Parker – Hot House – Burnin’ Bird – This Savoy compilation features various recordings made by Bird during the mid- to late- ’40s. Most bebop fanatics will have these tracks on other discs, but if you want a primer for one of (if not the) pre-eminent alto players in jazz you should find this album a good starting point.
  4. Joe Henderson – Summertime – Porgy and Bess –  Joe Henderson’s take on Porgy and Bess meets his usual high standards and it would be his last studio album before his death in 2001. The band is fantastic  including guitarist John Scofield, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Dave Holland, drummer Jack DeJohnette, trombonist Conrad Herwig and vibraphonist Stefon Harris– this samba take on the Gershwin’s “Summertime” is great fun.
  5. James Spaulding – Little Willie Leaps – Brilliant Corners -On what was surprisingly only his third recording as a leader, Spaulding is heard at the peak of his powers, leading a quartet/quintet also including pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Ron Carter, drummer Kenny Washington, and (on half of the selections) trumpeter Wallace Roney. His version of Miles’ “Little Willie Leaps” is a high point on what is probably his best album.
  6. David Binney – Traveller – South – one example of the more recent batch of great alto players Binney is a great writer and player, this album proves to be a great listen both musical clever but also full of great passion.
  7. Hank Mobley – When I Fall In Love – The Jazz Message of Hank Mobley Volume 1 – One of Hank’s earlier album’s in which he trades solos with the great Donald Byrd. Uniquely on Storyville given most of  Hank’s releases were confined to Blue Note from 1957 onwards.
  8. John Coltrane – Everytime I Say Goodbye – My Favorite Things – Trane on soprano for a stellar reading of Cole Porter’s famous tune. His soprano playing on this track has been described as definitive – few would argue.
  9. David Sanborn – First Song – Another Hand – this 1991 album was David’s first for Elektra and a definite career move away from r n b to a more considered jazz style. This reading of Charlie Haden’s tune features the composer, the master of the guitar Bill Frisell and the ever talented Joey Baron on drums.
  10. Johnny Hodges – Mood Indigo – Four Classic Albums – Owner of the most beautiful tone ever heard in jazz, altoist  Hodges formed his style early on and had little reason to change it through the decades. Although he could do the fast stuff and blow plenty of blue notes, his luscious playing on ballads has never been topped. This 1952 reading of the Ellington classic seemed a perfect way to end the show.

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