Hank Mobley (US jazz tenor saxophonist)

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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.

Annotation last modified on 2006-05-10 16:51 UTC.


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.

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1955Hank Mobley QuartetHank Mobley4
1955The Max Roach Quartet featuring Hank MobleyMax Roach Quartet featuring Hank Mobley2
1956The Jazz Message of Hank MobleyHank Mobley2
1956With Donald Byrd and Lee MorganHank Mobley4
1957Tenor ConclaveHank Mobley, Al Cohn, John Coltrane, Zoot Sims6
1957The Jazz Message of Hank Mobley, Volume 2Hank Mobley2
1957Hank Mobley QuintetHank Mobley3
1957Hank Mobley and His All StarsHank Mobley2
1957HankHank Mobley2
1957Hank MobleyHank Mobley4
1957This Is NewDonald Byrd, Hank Mobley, Kenny Drew3
1958Peckin’ TimeHank MobleyLee Morgan4
1960Roll CallHank Mobley49
1960Soul StationHank Mobley515
1961WorkoutHank Mobley9
1961Whistle StopKenny Dorham; Hank Mobley, Kenny Drew, Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones7
1963No Room for SquaresHank Mobley5
1964Two TenorsJohn Coltrane & Hank Mobley1
1965Dippin’Hank Mobley7
1965Body & SoulDonald Byrd, Kenny Burrell, Frank Foster, Hank Mobley, Mal Waldron, Curtis Fuller, Paul Quinichette, Hank Jones1
1965The Turnaround!Hank Mobley7
1966A Caddy for DaddyHank Mobley4
1967Hi VoltageHank Mobley4
1968Reach Out!Hank Mobley3
1969The FlipHank Mobley2
1979A Slice of the TopHank Mobley2
1980Poppin'Hank Mobley8
1980Thinking of HomeHank Mobley2
1980Third SeasonHank Mobley2
1985Far Away LandsHank Mobley2
1986Another WorkoutHank Mobley3
1986Straight No FilterHank Mobley3
1996Curtain CallHank Mobley2
2002InterpretationsWynton Kelly feat. Hank Mobley1
2003Complete The Jazz Message Sessions with Kenny ClarkeHank Mobley1
2004Complete Introducing SessionsLee Morgan feat. Hank Mobley1
2009Monday Nights At Birdland: Complete RecordingsHank Mobley1
2016Another Monday Night At BirdlandHank Mobley, Curtis Fuller, Lee Morgan & Billy Root1
2017To One So Sweet - Hank Mobley in HollandHank Mobley1
2017Poppin'Hank Mobley1

Album + Compilation

1976MessagesHank Mobley3
1996The Blue Note Years: The Best of Hank MobleyHank Mobley1
1998The Complete Blue Note Hank Mobley Fifties SessionsHank Mobley1
1999The Blue Note YearsHank Mobley1
2000The Birth of Hard BopLee Morgan, Donald Byrd, Hank Mobley1
2006Music for LoversHank Mobley1
2010The Capitol Vaults Jazz SeriesHank Mobley1
2011Dig DisHank Mobley1
2011Eight Classic AlbumsHank Mobley2
2012The Classic Blue Note Collection 1955-1961Hank Mobley2
2013Hank Mobley Six Classic Albums Vol. 2Hank Mobley1
2013Touch and GoHank Mobley1
20185 Original AlbumsHank Mobley1
The Complete Hank Mobley Blue Note Sessions 1963-70Hank Mobley1

Album + Live

1958Monday Night at BirdlandHank Mobley, Bill Root, Curtis Fuller, Lee Morgan2
1988Another Monday Night at BirdlandHank Mobley, Bill Root, Curtis Fuller, Lee Morgan1
2000Live at the Left Bank Jazz Society Baltimore, 1967The Wynton Kelly Trio with special guest Hank Mobley1
2012Newark 1953Hank Mobley1

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