Soul Station

Soul Station

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by Hank Mobley
     
 

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Tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley always had a fervid following, but he also always had detractors who pointed out that he wasn't a tenor player with the heft of such contemporaries as Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. Hey, who was? Mobley was the undisputed middleweight champion of hard-bop tenor, and this breezy quartet date allows him toSee more details below

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Tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley always had a fervid following, but he also always had detractors who pointed out that he wasn't a tenor player with the heft of such contemporaries as Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. Hey, who was? Mobley was the undisputed middleweight champion of hard-bop tenor, and this breezy quartet date allows him to air his considerable strengths -- a ripe, rich tone and a unique and sophisticated rhythmic attack -- in front of the blue-chip rhythm section of Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Art Blakey. It's a pleasure to hear Mobley without the distraction of other horns, and it's a particular pleasure to hear the way he and Blakey interact: two masters of rhythm in perfect lockstep. Two standards and four bluesy Mobley originals (including the delightful "This I Dig of You" -- not to be confused with "Dig Dis," which follows), four extraordinary players, and one February afternoon in 1960 equals one career-defining Blue Note classic.

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All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
Often overlooked, perhaps because he wasn't a great innovator in jazz but merely a stellar performer, tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley was at the peak of his powers on Soul Station. Recorded with a superstar quartet including Art Blakey on drums, Paul Chambers on bass, and Wynton Kelly on piano, it was the first album since Mobley's 1955 debut to feature him as a leader without any other accompanying horns. The clean, uncomplicated sound that resulted from that grouping helps make it the best among his albums and a peak moment during a particularly strong period in his career. Mobley has no problem running the show here, and he does it without being flashy or burying the strong work of his sidemen. The solidness of his technique means that he can handle material that is occasionally rhythmically intricate, while still maintaining the kind of easy roundness and warmth displayed by the best players of the swing era. Two carefully chosen standards, "Remember" and "If I Should Lose You," help to reinforce that impression by casting an eye back to the classic jazz era. They bookend four Mobley originals that, in contrast, reflect the best of small-group composition with their lightness and tight dynamics. Overall, this is a stellar set from one of the more underrated musicians of the bop era.

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Release Date:
11/11/2008
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724349534315
catalogNumber:
95343
Rank:
97860

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