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No Room For Squares
LP (12" album, 33 rpm)
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Audio CD, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, September 12, 2000
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Originally released in 1963 by tenor saxophonist, Hank Mobley, No Room for Squares features Lee Morgan and Donald Byrd on trumpet, Andrew Hill and Herbie Hancock on piano, John Ore and Butch Warren on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. No Room for Squares will be released as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl initiative spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.
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In any case, this is an excellent album. Mobley wrote 4 of the tunes while Morgan wrote the other 2. I think Morgan is actually a better composer than Mobley, or at least capable of more variety. His "Carolyn" is a beautiful ballad with tasteful contrapuntal blowing by Mobley underneath Morgan's statement of the theme. Morgan's "Me 'N You" is another funky tune in the "Sidewinder" lineage. However, Mobley's tunes are also good; they're all upbeat and energetic. Byrd provides nice trumpet solos on "Up A Step" and "Old World, New Imports". The latter has a nice arrangement for the horns and a nice drum solo by Jones.
So, this album has plenty of variety, both in its staffing and in its compositions.