Bossa For Baby – Hank Mobley
A charming bossa with a tag at the end of every chorus. Second parts and a condensed score are available for the quintet arrangement.
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- Recording: Hank Mobley - Far Away Lands
- Recorded on: May 26, 1967
- Label: Blue Note (BST 84425)
- Concert Key: F
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin (Bossa)
- Trumpet - Donald Byrd
- Tenor Sax - Hank Mobley
- Piano - Cedar Walton
- Bass - Ron Carter
- Drums - Billy Higgins
The ending shown in our lead sheets is different from the recording, which vamps and fades out on the tag. We indicate to end at the second to last measure, which certainly works as an alternate ending with or without vamping the tag.
The lead sheets would be the first parts of the quintet arrangement. We have second parts and a concert condensed score, also. The horns play mostly in octaves, but harmonize in sixths in the third and fourth measures of D; on the tag they play in thirds.
Our alto sax second part is in unison with the melody until the harmonized sections; an octave lower would go below the alto's range. The condensed score is also the rhythm section part; it shows the changes for the eight-measure rhythm section intro. Also as shown in the score, on the recording the first chord of the in head is actually F minor. This may have been a mistake—all solo choruses and the out head start in major—but it certainly works in context and establishes the dramatic contrast of the Fmaj7 in the seventh measure.
Hank Mobley reused the B section melody of Bossa For Baby in a later composition, Home At Last, the third movement of the title suite on Hank's final Blue Note album "Thinking Of Home." "Far Away Lands" is the second of three consecutive Mobley albums with original bossas, between "Third Season" (Boss Bossa) and "Hi Voltage" (Bossa De Luxe).
Bossa For Baby is one of Hank Mobley's more frequently played later compositions. Among several recent recordings of this song are two versions by tenor saxophonist Houston Person, in 2005 and 2018. Tenor saxophonist Cory Weeds recorded this song and five others by Mobley (including Up A Step and Up, Over, And Out) on his 2002 tribute album "Up A Step."
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...