High And Flighty – Hank Mobley
A fun and energetic melody over a progression of varying II-Vs with a surprising, exciting ending.
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- Recording: Hank Mobley - Peckin' Time
- Recorded on: February 9, 1958
- Label: Blue Note (BLP 1574)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (uptempo)
- Trumpet - Lee Morgan
- Tenor Sax - Hank Mobley
- Piano - Wynton Kelly
- Bass - Paul Chambers
- Drums - Charli Persip
- The La Sierra University Big Band, 2011, performing Mark Taylor's arrangement of High And Flighty, available from MusicDispatch.com
This is the first song on the "Peckin' Time" album. One of Hank's absolute favorite piano and bass combinations was Wynton Kelly and Paul Chambers. You find the two combined with several different drummers on Hank's sessions. The three musicians, Wynton, Paul and Hank, first recorded together on Johnny Griffin's "A Blowing Session" date for Blue Note on April 6, 1957. The "Peckin' Time" session is the first time Wynton Kelly and Paul Chambers both appear together on one of Hank's own recording dates. The drummer on "Peckin' Time" is Hank's friend since their teenage days, Charli Persip. Some of both Hank's and Charli's first recording sessions were when they played together with Dizzy Gillespie in 1954: two Dizzy big band sessions, and also a sextet and a quintet date with Diz.
Also check out the Peckin' Time lead sheet from the same session, and Charli talking about Dizzy on our YouTube channel.
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...