Wednesday, October 14, 2015

soul station

Hank Mobley found freedom and simplified his sound for the joyous jazz of this relaxed remembrance.  After more than a dozen albums in five years as bandleader; including two on the Savoy label (The Jazz Message of Hank Mobley in 1956  and the Jazz Message No. 2 EP in 1957),   two on Prestige (Mobley's Message  and  Mobley's 2nd Message  in 1956),   and nine on Blue Note Records (the  Hank Mobley Quartet EP in 1955;  Hank Mobley Sextet,  Hank Mobley and His All Stars,   Hank Mobley Quintet,   Hank,   Hank Mobley,   Curtain Call,  and  Poppin'  in 1957;   and   Peckin' Time  in 1958) and appearances on more than three dozen other albums with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers,   Kenny Burrell,   Donald Byrd,   Sonny Clark,   Al Cohn, John Coltrane,   Kenny Dorham,  Kenny Drew,  Art Farmer,  Curtis Fuller,  Dizzy Gillespie,  Johnny Griffin,  J. J. Johnson,  Lee Morgan,  Dizzy Reece,  Rita Reys,  Max Roach,  Horace Silver,  Zoot Sims,  Jimmy Smith,  and  Julius Watkins;   Mobley was arrested for heroin possession in February of 1959 and spent a year in prison.  Upon his release, he returned to the quartet format for the first time since his bandleader debut in 1955.   

 'Soul Station' features  Mobley on tenor saxophone,  with the backing trio of  Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Blakey on drums.   Recorded on February 7, 1960 at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey with producer Alfred Lion and engineer Rudy Van Gelder, the album swings easy with a soft edged hard bop that became his most celebrated release. 

'Soul Station' 
full album:

Side one
1. "Remember"   Irving Berlin 5:41
2. "This I Dig of You"   Hank Mobley 6:25
3. "Dig Dis"   Hank Mobley 6:08
Side two
1. "Split Feelin's"   Hank Mobley 4:55
2. "Soul Station"   Hank Mobley 9:06
3. "If I Should Lose You"   Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin 5:08

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