Mr Mobley, born in Georgia, was a very subtle and melodic tenor.
Somewhat underrated, shadowed by the major voices of the time, he still has an interesting career that spans two decades, from hardbop premisces to the end of the 60's, during which he truely blossomed.
Mobley catalog at Blue Note counts not less that a good twenty entries, and he featured on a number of other major Blue Note sessions.
Mobley retired at the dawn of the 70's for health reasons.
Roll Call is possibly the best beginner pick, a remarquable record.
Henry "Hank" Mobley (July 7, 1930 – May 30, 1986) was an American tenor saxophonist and composer. Mobley was described by Leonard Feather as the "middleweight champion of the tenor saxophone", a metaphor used to describe his tone, that was neither as aggressive as John Coltrane nor as mellow as Lester Young, and his style that was laid-back, subtle and melodic, especially in contrast with players like Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. The critic Stacia Proefrock claimed him "one of the most underrated musicians of the bop era." Mobley's compositions included "Double Exposure," "Soul Station", and "Dig Dis," among others.