Aperitif – Hank Mobley
A minor-key medium-up swinger with that unmistakable Mobley bounce. A full set of parts is available for the 3-horn arrangement from the recording.
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- Recording: Hank Mobley - Third Season
- Recorded on: February 24, 1967
- Label: Blue Note (LT 1081)
- Concert Key: C minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Lee Morgan
- Alto Sax - James Spaulding
- Tenor Sax - Hank Mobley
- Guitar - Sonny Greenwich
- Piano - Cedar Walton
- Bass - Walter Booker
- Drums - Billy Higgins
This is not a modal C minor—our lead sheet has turnarounds in parentheses on the second and fourth measures of the head, which are occasionally played in the solos as well. The bridge goes to F minor twice, the second time descending in minor thirds to A♭m7 for a tritone substitute II-V7 back to C minor.
The bass walks throughout the head, but the piano and drums play a few hits that line up with the melody. These are shown in our piano and drum parts. Our drum part also has a couple of fills that Billy Higgins plays on the recording. Drummers also have the option of reading the C lead sheet if they would rather see the melody and changes.
Second and third parts are available for the 3-horn arrangement—really a sextet arrangement rather than a septet; on the recording, guitarist Sonny Greenwich only solos and does not comp or play the melody. The horns are in unison and octaves except in the second half of the A section, where they are voiced in triads.
July 7, 1930 – May 30, 1986
Hank Mobley is one of the most acclaimed tenor saxophonists in modern jazz history. He is recognized by musicians and critics alike as one of the most important and eloquent jazz instrumentalists of all time. He recorded well over 100 of his own original compositions and left an indelible mark on the post-bop jazz scene. Read more...