Mobley began playing tenor saxophone as a New Jersey teenager and gained experience in the bands of Max Roach and Dizzy Gillespie and was a founding member of the original Jazz Messengers. Mobley helped inaugurate the hard bop movement: jazz that balanced sophistication and soulfulness, complexity and earthy swing, and whose loose structure allowed for extended improvisations. Mobley’s solo lines were full of intricate rhythmic patterns that were delivered with spot-on precision, and he was no slouch harmonically either.
Hank Mobley played a sweet tenor. He could play – and often played – r&b-tinged jazz; indeed, along with trumpeter Lee Morgan he became one of the foremost practitioners of this paleo-fusion in the Fifties and Sixties. But he was not a hooting, booting, keening, screaming r&b artist. Instead, he built his solos with an easygoing inexorability, building idea upon idea until the listening found himself, all unaware, transported to realms that lesser players could only dream of reaching, no matter how much they screamed.
The session for Mobley’s 2nd Message was recorded in July 1956, just one week after Mobley’s Message was recorded. The album features performances by Mobley, Kenny Dorham, Walter Bishop, Doug Watkins, and Art Taylor.
Hank Mobley, tenor saxophone
Kenny Dorham, trumpet
Walter Bishop, piano
Doug Watkins, bass
Art Taylor, drums
|Brand||Prestige Records - Analogue Productions|
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