Don't Cry, Just Sigh – Hank Mobley
This easygoing medium swing has a soulful feel and a melodic head.
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- Recording: Hank Mobley - Third Season
- Recorded on: February 24, 1967
- Label: Blue Note (LT 1081)
- Concert Key: F minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Trumpet - Lee Morgan
- Tenor Sax - Hank Mobley
- Piano - Cedar Walton
- Bass - Walter Booker
- Drums - Billy Higgins
As you hear in our audio excerpt, Don't Cry, Just Sigh has two feels which are used throughout the AABA format: all A sections are 2-feel, with a funky laid- back melody; the B sections are aggressive, with walking bass, drums emphasizing the back beat and a distinctive piano part.
The melody could obviously be interpreted in different ways, but our lead sheets draw upon the articulations from the recording in an attempt to get inside of this funky side of Hank Mobley.
Drummer Billy Higgins became a new voice in Hank's music starting with his February 5, 1965, session (see Pat 'N Chat, Third Time Around, The Turnaround and Straight Ahead).
Hank and pianist Cedar Walton (also with Billy Higgins) started recording together five months before this session, first on two Lee Morgan sessions in 1966, and then on Donald Byrd's "Blackjack" session on January 9, 1967.
Bassist Walter Booker also joined the rhythm section for the "Blackjack" session, so the rhythm section was already comfortable together and ready for this session. Walter originally recorded with Hank on a June 24, 1966, Donald Byrd session.
You can also check out Boss Bossa from this session.
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...