Curtain Call – Hank Mobley
A rhythmic "kicker" intro launches this uptempo song, which is further energized by a pedal point in the first four measures of the head. Quintet parts available.
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- Recording: Hank Mobley - Curtain Call
- Recorded on: August 18, 1957
- Label: Blue Note (TOCJ 1611)
- Concert Key: A-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (uptempo)
- Trumpet - Kenny Dorham
- Tenor Sax - Hank Mobley
- Piano - Sonny Clark
- Bass - Jimmy Rowser
- Drums - Art Taylor
Several interesting harmonic subtleties are mirrored in the melody. The sixth measure of the A section begins with Dm7♭5 instead of the more expected D♭ major, followed by D♭m7; the melody contains the roots of these chords. They lead to Cm7 in the next measure, which in the second A and C sections is followed by Amaj7 to get back to A♭maj7. Though the melody spells out the Amaj7, the rhythm section often plays E♭7 here on the recording.
Second parts are available; they contain the harmony part on the intro, which has some interesting contrary motion against the rising and falling melody. On the recording, the intro is also played in the first four measures of the trading chorus with the drums. A bass part is available, as well as a piano part showing the melody and rhythmic figures which can also be a condensed score. Drummers can read the lead sheet or the piano part.
Curtain Call is another example of how Hank Mobley subtly tailored his songs to the styles of his sidemen. Compare the intro with that of A-1 (later used in another Mobley composition, Double Exposure); with a similar rhythmic structure leading to a four-measure drum fill, these intros are Hank's specific way of showcasing drummer Art Taylor. The melody of Curtain Call is also suggestive of trumpeter Kenny Dorham's style, both in the lyrical beginning and the more harmonically intricate phrases in the second half of the A section. Check out Kenny's Speculate for another example of Kenny and Hank playing together in this key at a similar tempo.
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...