Feelin's Good – Hank Mobley
The call and response between horns and rhythm section makes this medium groove piece a hit. Fully voiced Herbie Hancock piano part also available.
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- Recording: Hank Mobley - Straight, No Filter
- Recorded on: March 7, 1963
- Label: Blue Note (CD 5-27459)
- Concert Key: B-flat minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (groove - medium)
- Trumpet - Donald Byrd
- Tenor Sax - Hank Mobley
- Piano - Herbie Hancock
- Bass - Butch Warren
- Drums - Philly Joe Jones
"Herbie had already recorded with Butch Warren, first on Donald Byrd's "Royal Flush" session (September 21, 1961). That led to Herbie inviting Butch for Herbie's first leader session ("Takin' Off" - May 28, 1962), followed by dates together with Stanley Turrentine and Grant Green before Donald's "New Perspective" date. All three were together on Jackie McLean's "Vertigo" session (February 11, 1963) which was recorded within a month of Hank's March session.
"To give you a complete rhythm section perspective, this was not only Herbie's but also Butch Warren's first time in the recording studio with the veteran master drummer Philly Joe Jones. Jones already had a long and swinging history with both Hank and Donald.
"I must also mention that I'm writing these notes soon after we lost Donald Byrd (December 9, 1932 - February 4, 2013). Byrd had an important relationship with Hank and with many other musicians. He was also my mentor. I don't know if I ever would've had the guts to come to NYC had not Donald Byrd encouraged me to leave my hometown of Spokane, Washington, and come to New York."
The Feelin's Good provides the bassist with the opportunity to see how effective the simpler aspects of accompaniment can be. For example, the A section requires that the player make hits with the rest of the rhythm section. The hits are conventional, repetitive rhythms but they still need to be placed well so that the groove keeps together.
Also of note is the bass line that Butch Warren plays on the B Section. The first four bars consist of alternating a bar each of B♭m7 and A♭7. While this repetition could be a tempting spot to stretch out on, Warren wisely and effectively chooses to play a sequence of root-fifth-root-fifth for each bar. This may seem "too easy," but the effect on the music is profound. The certainty and security of these lines locks down the harmonic structure and provides the necessary means for the rest of the band to do their jobs well, which is an aspect of playing the bass that can not be emphasized enough. Often, simple is best. The Feelin's Good is a fine way to help incorporate those tactics into your concept and playing.
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...