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Turnaround [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Hank MobleyAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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listen  1. The Turnaround (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (2000 Digital Remaster) 8:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. East Of The Village (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (2000 Digital Remaster) 6:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Good Life (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (2000 Digital Remaster) 5:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Straight Ahead (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (2000 Digital Remaster) 7:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. My Sin (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Resolution) (2000 Digital Remaster) 6:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Pat 'N Chat (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (2000 Digital Remaster) 6:29$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 10, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1965
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B00004YTWG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,527 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley brought real consistency to his many Blue Note dates, as well as an individualistic style that blended an almost languid sound with rhythmically acute phrasing. Two sessions held two years apart contribute to this CD, and they demonstrate Mobley's ease in two quite different quintets. Four of the tracks come from a 1965 session that joins Mobley's mellow tenor with the crackling trumpet of Freddie Hubbard. "The Turnaround," a hard-bop boogaloo number in the style of Lee Morgan's "Sidewinder, has drummer Billy Higgins and pianist Barry Harris reprising their "Sidewinder" roles. But it's Mobley's unusually abbreviated, carefully matched phrases that make the strongest impression.

"My Sin" is a fine vehicle for Mobley's ballad art, a fluidly romantic approach that's alert to the tune's every nuance, while "Straight Ahead" and the brisk "Pat 'n' Chat" contain enough turns to inspire fluidly twisting lines from Hubbard and Mobley. A 1963 session with trumpeter Donald Byrd, pianist Herbie Hancock, and drummer Philly Joe Jones contributes two tracks. Mobley keeps finding new directions in a solo full of surprises on his modal "East of the Village," then wraps Sacha Distel's "The Good Life"--unusual fare on a hard-bop date--in the warm breathiness of his horn's lower register. --Stuart Broomer

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hardbop homerun October 31, 2000
Format:Audio CD
first, a note about the reissue-- it is different from the vinyl version!! blue note reworked this album, "no room for squares" and "straight no filter" to better represent the recording sessions that resulted in the albums. that being said, this cd is wonderful! it reveals mr. mobley as a songwriter, something often overlooked in surveys of his career. on this set, we find him exploring both cookers and ballads, and tinkering with form, often exploding the standard 32 bar format of most jazz tunes. the songs themselves are tight and swinging. particular highlights are the title track, a blues vamp full of that unique blue note soul; the cooking "east of the village" and "straight ahead," which are both classic workouts with excellent soloing. the ballads ("the good life" and "my sin") are mellow and rich like coffee by candlelight. an interesting note is that tracks 1, 4-6 and 2-3 are by different bands, but the same format. this gives a golden opportunity to compare some other blue note artists. the first band features guests freddie hubbard on trumpet and gene harris on piano, while the second brings in kenny dorham and herbie hancock on trumpet and piano, respectively. both bands are solid and click together. a fine album.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, solid Mobley November 24, 2001
By joe
Format:Audio CD
As Bob Blumenthal points out in his liner note, the two sessions included here are especially instructive in understanding Mobley's evolution as a player. The 1963 tracks are from the "middle period" exemplified by "Soul Station," in which he perfected his smooth "round sound." On the '65 tracks his tone is sharper and harder, his phrases shorter. Like Blumenthal I prefer the earlier stuff, but there's certainly nothing wrong with the later session (except maybe for the title track, which is one of those rinky-dink "Sidewinder" clones that seemed to lead off every Blue Note date between about '63 and '66.) His reading of "The Good Life" is especially moving. in the original liner notes Mobley says that he'd like to record an album of ballads; this performance makes me wish he'd actually done so. You should, of course, start your Mobley collection with "Soul Station," but this one makes a nice second or third choice.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Turnaround" Is A Collector's Dream October 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Hank Mobley's "The Turnaround" was originally issued on CD in the late 80s but was inexplicably deleted shortly thereafter. Thankfully it makes a permanent return to the Blue Note catalog in the RVG series, although in a slightly different format. On the initial CD versions of "No Room For Squares," "The Turnaround" and "Straight, No Filter" songs were rearranged to match their original recording sessions, instead of matching the original vinyl releases. The discs in the RVG series return to the LP sequencing, and for the Mobley titles this is a good thing. The reason being that two of the tunes included on this new version of "The Turnaround" -- "East Of The Village" and "The Good Life" -- were originally only available on "Straight, No Filter," a long out-of-print Blue Note CD [that has recently been reissued]. But enough about the obscure history of this disc, the music is fantastic. For knowledgeable fans of Hank Mobley, the material falls somewhere between "Dippin'" and "A Caddy For Daddy" style-wise, which makes sense since these recordings are all from 1965. Those not familiar with Mobley should probably start with "Soul Station," but "The Turnaround" will not disappoint either.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hardly dispensable May 20, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you're a Mobley fan (I confess I'm pretty much a completist when it comes to Hank), you'll probably want to add this one to your collection. The title tune is quite negligible, a "Sidewinder" wannabe, but there is much of compositional and solo worth on each of the other five tracks. "The Good Life" is some of the warmest Mobley on record, and "Pat 'N Mike" is an ingenious and infectious Mobley melody featuring a inspired Freddie Hubbard trumpet solo ahead of Hank's equally strong turn. The liner notes make some inane comment about the difference between the 1963 and 1965 sessions represented on this disc as demonstrating the "evolution" in Mobley's playing, but the tenor giant sounds equally compelling on both occasions (though his later attempts to come up with a "harder, hipper" sound would eventually contribute to his undoing).

I wouldn't purchase "The Turnaround" ahead of "Soul Station" or "Workout" or, for that matter, the Jazz Messengers' or Miles Davis' dates with Hank Mobley on Columbia/Sony or the Donald Byrd sessions with Hank that were recorded originally on Transition. But it's a solid outing, more vital and electrifying than the recently reissued "Hi Voltage."

[If you have an earlier edition, by all means take a pass on this remastered "RVG Edition," on which sound imaging is non-existent, with the notable exception of "The Good Life." On the other tunes tenor is confined to the left channel, trumpet to the right. Count yourself fortunate if you have a playable monaural LP.]
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