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 Slice of the Top [1979]
  • 1. Hank's Other Bag (7:13)
  • 2. There's A Lull in My Life (5:25)
  • 3. Cute 'N Pretty (7:35)
  • 4. A Touch Of The Blues (8:44)
  • 5. A Slice Of The Top (9:40)

This is one of tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley's more intriguing sessions, for the talented composer had an opportunity to have four of his originals, plus the standard "There's a Lull in My Life," performed by an octet in the cool-toned 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 continued to evolve into a more advanced player throughout the 1960s Read more on Last.fm.