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Newark 1953

Hank Mobley Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Ow12:59Album Only
listen  2. There's a Small Hotel13:09Album Only
listen  3. Ballad Medley: Darn That Dream / Where or When / In Love in Vain / Stardust10:04Album Only
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listen  5. Jumpin' with Symphony Sid 9:36$0.99  Buy MP3 

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listen  2. Lullaby of Birdland 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Embraceable You 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Keen and Peachy10:25Album Only
listen  5. Pennies from Heaven16:21Album Only
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 17, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Uptown Jazz
  • ASIN: B007AU2632
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,919 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

(2-CD set) To his early musical associates, Hank Mobley was considered a guru with a singular focus on music. This live recording, made at the popular Newark, NJ club, The Picadilly, precedes the 25 albums he recorded for Blue Note Records. The club had a motto, 'If You Click at the Pic, You'll Click With The World.' On this Monday night, everybody was clicking and Mobley clearly demonstrated that he was ready to launch his impressive musical career.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A YOUNG MOBLEY AND A GOOD BAND LIVE IN 1953 April 19, 2012
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Two discs-55,52 minutes each approximately. The (mono) sound has been digitally remastered, and is pretty good, if a little flat, but overall-very listenable. The original tapes were recorded by Ozzie Cadena, who went on to become a producer for the Savoy label. The 28 page (well done) booklet contains an essay on jazz in New Jersey (where these tapes were recorded), short biographies of the musicians, and track by track information on each song. Also included are some great period photographs of band members, jazz clubs, and album covers.

This is a (swinging) document of jazz as heard in clubs coast to coast, when jazz was (arguably) at it's peak. The club is The Picadilly, in Newark N.J., the date is 1953. The band includes Mobley-tenor sax, the great (and now largely forgotten) Bennie Green-trombone, Walter Davis, Jr.-piano, Charli (correct spelling) Persip-drums, and (the unknown) Jimmy Schenck-bass. There's an MC who makes announcements and introduces the tunes, and in the background you can hear the patrons in the club-the ambiance gives you the feel of what it was like during that period. One caution-if you like your music pristine, with no background noise-you might want to stay clear of this set. Besides the background sounds, there's an occasional shout of encouragement to the band-which spurs them on. And as I wrote above, an MC who makes brief appearances.

For fans of Hank Mobley-50's era jazz, this is well worth hearing. Mobley (age 23) gets off a number of swinging solos through both sets. Green too, is an equal player, his trombone work rivals Mobley's tenor sax. Davis also gets the spotlight, along with Schenck-a very capable bass player. And Persip keeps things moving while never intruding. Together they make a powerhouse band.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced green apples September 24, 2012
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Hank Mobley is such a melodic, soulful, ceaselessly inventive and swinging player that I tend to listen to his recordings--under his own name as well those he made with Silver, Blakey, Lee Morgan, K.D., and Miles--more regularly than to the undeniably more innovative if not revolutionary Coltrane, whose recordings post-"Love Supreme"--or after McCoy and Elvin had left the quartet--can test the patience of Trane's most committed disciples.

The oft-repeated description of Mobley as the "middleweight champion of the tenor saxophone" is usually an occasion for Mobs' defenders to attack the apparent dissing of their hero. But if you can agree that sometimes it can be as gratifying to watch the punching and counter-punching of a Sugar Ray Robinson as the heavier punches of a Marciano, Liston, Frazier, Ali or Tyson, then the description can be seen as a positive. Hank himself initially resisted Miles' attempts to add him to the frontline of his quintet following the departure of Trane, protesting: "Miles, Coltrane was the Art Tatum of the tenor saxophone. That's not me!"

But Miles, of course, eventually had his way, and the results can be heard on the most unusual "Someday My Price Will Come", on which Miles appears to "blindside" Mobley by having Trane show up in the studio and follow Mobley with a "sheets of sound" solo that practically makes Mobley's prior solo sound rudimentary and reductive by comparison--especially to anyone unfamiliar with Mobley's approach: Someday My Prince Will Come. Mobley could play solos that were disarmingly simple--but never "simplistic.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't wait another minute May 16, 2012
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Seriously. If you like Hank Mobley and that whole late 1950s "hard bop" way of playing the bop language, do not wait. The only conceivable caveats are that the sound is live nightclub sound of that time -- not super hi-fi by any means. But completely listenable, with Mobley and Bennie Green right up front for their solos, although pianist Walter Davis is slightly distant and the bassist is more or less inaudible in the ensemble. And to my ears drummer Charli Persip can be a little heavy-handed on the two and four. But if you dig Hank Mobley, this is one to be purchased immediately. IMMEDIATELY. He was on fire. Trombonist Bennie Green sounds fine, too. And the audience ambience adds a real sense of the times. Very, very hip stuff, two discs worth, more than worth the money.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT HANK MOBLEY LIVE May 6, 2012
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If you are a fan of Mobley don't think twice ist all right . Great concert, a good sound with the audience include and a perfect example of the beginning of Hank, probably one of the best musicians of history of jazz. A very good information of the club and also of the time of recording. Great, simple great.
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