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Two standards (If I Should Lose You and Remember) surround five Mobley originals on this 1960 career highlight for the great hard-bop tenor saxophonist. Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Art Blakey swing along with Hank on the aforementioned songs plus Dig Dis; Soul Station; Split Feelin's, and more!

1. Remember
2. This I Dig of You
3. Dig Dis
4. Split Feelin's
5. Soul Station
6. If I Should Lose You

Product Details

  • Vinyl (November 11, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B001G5ZNFA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,298 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Smith on March 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
There are many excellent Hank Mobley records, and thankfully Blue Note has been quite good about reissuing them on CD. "Soul Station," along with "Workout," is the most consistently satisfying.
The lineup tells you that you will be hearing a professional presentation of the music: Mobley, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Blakey on drums on a February 1960 recording date. Still, great lineups sometimes fail to deliver the intangibles that make for a great session. Not so here.
For me, the track that sums up the date best is "This I Dig of You," a medium-tempo take that is so relaxed it sounds effortless, but delivers unforced emotion and swing. Mobley delivers a sweetly lyrical line that Kelly comments on fluidly, and then Hank delivers a solo with his signature midregister, buttery tone. I admire him greatly because he was surrounded by other greats: Hawkins and Young before him; Coltrane, Gordon, Coleman as his contemporaries; and he cut his own ground.
There is nothing revolutionary here. It's honest, unadorned swinging using simple, effective melodies as the base. But it's like saying "Over the Rainbow" is a simple tune. The genius of these musicians is to take the middle ground material and turn it into personal, deeply felt statements that you can sing, dance to, and just kick back and enjoy, from the deep groove of "Dig Dis" to the Latin rhythms of "Split Feelin's" to the blues of "Soul Station" to the heartfelt "If I Should Lose You." The nearly perfect fusion of this quartet comes through on each of these tunes.
Mobley may slip past you if you are dipping into the archives of the great Blue Note recordings, but don't let that happen for long.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Hubbard on February 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The greatest jazz album ever? Such a pronouncement is always an exercise in futility, but a strong argument could certainly be for "Soul Station." I can think of several more celebrated and popular jazz albums, none of which I'll name here, that offer far less in terms of stylistic breadth and sheer thrills. One thing's for sure: you will not find 40 minutes of more entertaining jazz listening than this.
Mobely's writing is a marvel, so much so that I think the oft-used term "blowing session" is misleading in relation to this album, which would be more accurately discribed as a major work of art, unimpeachable in its aesthetic virtues. "This I Dig of You" is a hard bop staple, and for very good reason; the melody is addictive, its swing so convincing as to feel inexorable. And, as if that weren't enough, Art Blakey therein knocks out one of the coolest drum solos you'll ever hear. It's all dazzling, but more importantly, it's a lot of fun. If you've got friends who think jazz is just music that pseudo-intellectual trendoids use as some sort badge of hipness, please steer them straight to this album for evidence to the contrary. It's replete with the power of conversion.
One could extoll this disc's virtues ad infinitum, though superlatives would quickly be exhausted in the act. Suffice it to say that a five star rating barely does it justice. It is one of those truly rare, perfect things. Buy it or suffer the consequences of its absence in your life, which are not inconsequential.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 1998
Format: Audio CD
A marvelous example of a so-called "blowing session": a small group of terrific jazz musicians gather in the studio for what's really a jam session. These guys really know how to swing together. Mobley's tenor sax is incredibly lyrical and
smooth during his solos and while stating the melodies. He was a master of bop, but his tone
was a reflection of the earlier swing era. Pianist Wynton Kelly adds the same feel. Art Blakey on drums and Paul Chambers ("Mr. P.C.") on bass can't be beat for excellence in swinging rhythm. Put this disk on at the end of a long day and instantly feel refreshed. Hank Mobley's "Soul Station" is one great place to spend some time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jazzcat on August 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The men's destiny is a strange thing sometimes. Mobley was a master musician with his own personality that produced a lot of very beautiful music in famous wonderful sessions, but for a reason or another he has always been labeled as "inferior" to Rollins and Coltrane and even Gordon. To me he was simply a different musician but of no less stature. In that era revolutionaries may seem greater and maybe they truly are in the end, but Mobley was a giant too. Don't forget this! His style was more mainstream than these others giants but he was unbelievable. Take this album for instance, that together with "Workout" is probably the best in his discography ("Turnaround" is another very good one to me). Soul station contains some truly spectacular music hands down! Mobley plays effortless with supreme taste and a wonderful sound throughout. He's absolutly impeccable and delivers some fantastic jazz accompanied here by a very special combo (the fabulous Wynton Kelly plus Chambers and Blakey)! These four had immense swing and the music they produced here ranks among the best Jazz ever played. The whole album is wonderful, truly a wonderful record, but the opener from Berlin's pen is rendered in a contagious swinging manner. The original by Mobley "This I dig of you" is another highlights of the album, a swinging fast hard bop tune that will stamp a big smile on your face. The third tune "Dig this" another original by Mobley, a punctuated blues line in essence is wonderful. The whole album (not considering the funky mid tempo title track) is quite fast and swinging with a general very happy and joyous feeling. I'm extremely happy to own this record which I repeat, to me ranks among the most consistent and entertaining jazz albums of all time from Blue Note. It's not a small achievement ....
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