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And His All Stars Import

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Audio CD, Import, March 11, 2011
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  • Audio CD (March 11, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Edge J26181
  • ASIN: B002SVPN42
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,468,002 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
There's no way you can go wrong with anything Mobley recorded, whether his own date or another leader's, between 1954 and 1963, especially if you agree with me that his melodic vocabulary is inexhaustible and that his sound is rich, complex, and inimitable, not requiring any "spiking" on the engineer's part or forced blowing on Hank's. I can think of at least ten Mobley dates I'd put ahead of this 1957 session, which is nevertheless a noteworthy document of Mobley's development as a composer and soloist as well as a cooking session with four other peerless musicians: Milt Jackson, Horace Silver, Doug Watkins, and Art Blakey.

The most interesting tunes are the last two (tracks 4 and 5)--the first ("Lower Stratosphere") an extended blues, and the second ("Mobley's Musings") a soulful ballad.

Partly because of all vibraharpists' preference at this time for rapidly-spinning rotators and because of Van Gelder's customary one-dimensional balancing of the instruments, the sound of Bags' vibes in conjunction with Mobley's horn is not as warm and inviting as one might expect (Milt sounds much better with Coltrane on the Atlantic recording made shortly after this session).

Finally, it would seem to make more sense to pick up the currently less expensive Blue Note original than this more expensive, recent Japanese reissue.
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