Soul Station CD (1999)

Artist: Hank Mobley

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Mobley's Best

by Jeffrey Wozniak on 12/22/2002

This is Hank Mobley's finest session. It also features the great jazz drummer of all time: Art Blakey. Every track is first class hard bop. If you like late 50s-early 60s hard bop this is a must have. One of my top 10 Blue Note sessions of all time.

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Mobley's Best

on 1/5/2003

Simply one of the best hard bop recordings ever.

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Product Overview


Label Emd/blue Note
SKU 60295591
UPC 724349534322
UPC 14 00724349534322
Format CD
Release Date 3/23/1999
Author Hank Mobley
Associated Artist/Work Byrd, Donald
Associated Artist/Work Grand Central
Associated Artist/Work Morgan, Lee
Associated Artist/Work Morgan, Lee (Jazz)
Associated Artist/Work Morgan, Lee (Trumpet)
Associated Artist/Work Root, Billy
Associated Artist/Work Walton, Cedar
Artist Influence Charlie Parker (Sax)
Artist Influence Max Roach
Artist Contemporary Art Blakey
Artist Contemporary Cannonball Adderley
Artist Contemporary Cedar Walton
Artist Contemporary Dexter Gordon
Artist Contemporary Freddie Hubbard
Artist Contemporary George Coleman
Artist Contemporary Horace Silver
Artist Contemporary Ike Quebec
Artist Contemporary James Spaulding
Artist Contemporary Jimmy Heath
Artist Contemporary Joe Henderson
Artist Contemporary John Coltrane
Artist Contemporary Kenny Dorham
Artist Contemporary Lee Morgan
Artist Contemporary Leo Parker
Artist Contemporary Lou Donaldson
Artist Contemporary Lucky Thompson
Artist Contemporary Miles Davis
Artist Contemporary Paul Chambers
Artist Contemporary Sonny Red
Artist Contemporary Sonny Rollins
Artist Contemporary Wynton Kelly
Artist Follower James Spaulding
Artist Follower Joe Henderson
Artist Follower Junior Cook
Technical Info
Engineer Rudy VanGelder
Producer Alfred Lion
CatalogID 4953432
Lable Name Blue Note (Label)
Released 03/23/1999
Original Release 1960
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 37m : 7s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724349534322
Musical Guests
Wynton Kelly
Art Blakey
Paul Chambers
Album Notes and Credits
The Rudy Van Gelder Edition of SOUL STATION includes an essay by Bob Blumenthal.
Personnel: Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone); Wynton Kelly (piano); Paul Chambers (bass); Art Blakey (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on February 7, 1960. Includes liner notes by Joe Goldberg and Bob Bluemnthal.
Digitally remastered using 24-bit technology by Rudy Van Gelder (van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey).
This is part of the Blue Note Rudy Van Gelder Editions series.
Personnel: Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone); Wynton Kelly (piano); Art Blakey (drums).
Liner Note Author: Joe Goldberg.
Recording information: New York, NY (02/07/1960); Van Gelder Studio (02/07/1960).
Photographer: Francis Wolff.
Of all Hank Mobley's classic sessions for Blue Note, the timeless SOUL STATION is by far the most cherished. This 1960 set features a quartet of Mobley and three masters of the rhythm section, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Art Blakey. What makes this so special, however, is the sheer perfection of it all; Mobley's tenor is soulful and confident, Kelly is at his tasteful best, and Chambers and Blakey work in tandem like a well-oiled machine. The themes are all executed with straightforward swinging panache and the solo spots by all are some of their most flawless excursions. From bouncing grooves like "This I Dig of You" and the slow blues of the title track to the danceable Latin rhythms in "Split Feelin's," this is a fully formed stylistic milestone that perfectly encapsulates the hard bop era.
Artist Overview
A beguilingly gifted tenor player in the hard bop vein, Hank Mobley was underrated and underappreciated for most of his career. Though he was an original member of the Jazz Messengers and had a brief stint with the Miles Davis Quintet in '61, the majority of Mobley's outstanding quartet and quintet dates for Blue Note, full of his rhythmic subtlety and highly lyrical solos, were not released until after his death in 1986.
Professional Reviews
Down Beat (1960) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "..a real cooking session...moving, impassioned, and lyrical.."
Disc 1
1 Remember - (featuring Judy Garland)
2 This I Dig Of You - (featuring Frank SInatra)
3 Dig Dis
4 Split Feelin's
5 Soul Station
6 If I Should Lose You

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