Workout CD (2006)

Artist: Hank Mobley

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During his stint with Miles Davis, Mobley's four Blue Note sessions with bandmates Wynton Kelly and Paul Chambers are considered his finest and most lyrical work. Grant Green and Philly Joe Jones complete the group on this gem.


Label Blue Note Records
SKU 202195339
UPC 094633777125
UPC 14 00094633777125
Format CD
Release Date 2/7/2006
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
Technical Info
CatalogID 37771
Lable Name Blue Note (Label)
Released 02/07/2006
Original Release 1961
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 46m : 7s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00094633777125
Musical Guests
Grant Green
Wynton Kelly
Paul Chambers
Philly Joe Jones
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone); Wynton Kelly (piano); Grant Green (guitar); Paul Chambers (bass); Philly Joe Jones (drums).
Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded on March 26, 1961. Includes liner notes by Leonard Feather and Michael Cuscuna.
Personnel: Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone); Hank Mobley; Paul Chambers (upright bass); Grant Green (guitar); Wynton Kelly (piano); Philly Joe Jones (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Rudy Van Gelder.
Liner Note Author: Bob Blumenthal.
Recording information: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (03/26/1961).
WORKOUT teams tenorman Hank Mobley with guitarist Grant Green for a rousing session that befits the title. Also in attendance are rhythm section aces Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones, who provide swinging support. Muscular tunes like the title track and the aptly titled "Smokin'" are the focus here as the two expertly blow and wail through the changes like frenzied boxers in a title bout. Also included are Mobley's catchy blues number "Uh Huh" and masterful takes on the standards "The Best Things in Life Are Free" and "Three Coins in the Fountain." In all, it is easy to hear why WORKOUT is one of Mobley's quintessential recordings.
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.120) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Mobley's soulful lyricism and fluid melodic invention seduce the ear."
Artist Bio
Hank MobleyHank Mobley was born on July 7, 1930 in Eastman, Georgia, and raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey. There was much music in his family, particularly piano music. Uncle Dave Mobley played piano among other instruments, and his mother and grandmother also played keyboards (his grandmother was a church organist). Piano became Mobley's first instrument; then he picked up the tenor sax at age 16 and basically taught himself the horn. On his uncle's advice, he listened initially to Lester Young and then to Don Byas, Dexter Gordon and Sonny Stitt. "Anyone who can swing and get a message across," as Mobley explained his influences to Leonard Feather in 1956.When the avant-garde innovators dominated the attention of jazz critics a few years later, Mobley's playing was often dismissed as old hat and irrelevant. It has only been in the years since he stopped recording (his last session, co-led with Cedar Walton, took place in 1972), and especially since his death in 1986, that the exceptional quality of his playing and writing has begun to receive a commensurate measure of respect.
Disc 1
1 Workout
2 Uh Huh
3 Smokin'
4 Best Things In Life Are Free, The
5 Greasin' Easy
6 Three Coins in the Fountain
Product Attributes
Artist Mobley,Hank
Label Blue Note
Music Format Compact Disc

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