Hank Mobley

Hank Mobley

jazz, Hard Bop, saxophone, bebop, Blue Note Records

Henry (Hank) Mobley (July 7, 1930 – May 30, 1986) was an American hard bop and soul jazz tenor saxophonist and composer. Mobley was described by Leonard Feather as the "middleweight champion of the tenor saxophone", a metaphor used to describe his tone that was neither as aggressive as John Coltrane nor as mellow as Stan Getz. His style was laid-back, subtle and melodic, especially in contrast with players like Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, and it took many jazz connoisseurs until after his demise to fully appreciate his talent.

A Caddy for Daddy [1966]
  • 1. A Caddy For Daddy (9:15)
  • 2. The Morning After (9:35)
  • 3. Venus Di Mildew (7:05)
  • 4. Ace Duece Trey (7:17)
  • 5. Third Time Around (6:21)

Hank Mobley - tenor saxophone; Lee Morgan - trumpet; Curtis Fuller - trombone; McCoy Tyner - piano; Bob Cranshaw - bass; Billy Higgins - drums. From the liner notes by Ira Gitler: "It is instructive, and eminently enojoyable, to trace Hank's career through these recordings. His growth as a player is inextricably bound up with his development as a writer. Material dictates playing directions and Mobley has managed to find new combinations within the tradition of his chosen music to nurture his art. Read more on Last.fm.