Madeline – Hank Mobley
A warm ballad from Hank Mobley's early Savoy recordings. Our melody transcription shows everything Hank plays on the recording.
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- Recording: Hank Mobley - The Jazz Message Of Hank Mobley
- Recorded on: February 8, 1956
- Label: Savoy (12064)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Ballad
- Tenor Sax - Hank Mobley
- Piano - Ronnie Ball
- Bass - Doug Watkins
- Drums - Kenny Clarke
The changes have a generally downward motion in the A section, with a series of II-V7s descending from Em7♭5 starting in the second measure. The turnaround at the end of the first A descends in half steps from A♭7 to F7, but with the G♭ chord being major instead of dominant. The last two measures of the second A also use G♭maj7, followed by B7 to resolve back to B♭. The bridge goes to G minor and then D minor. At the end of the C section is a different turnaround, with G7 leading to yet another G♭maj7; the ending holds out G♭maj7, B7, and B♭maj7 as in the second A. Our lead sheets indicate that a soloist can stretch out over these chords; Hank plays a line, cadenza-like, for each chord.
In addition to our lead sheet, we have a Melody Transcription showing everything Hank plays on the recording. Click on the Solos tab for more information.
"The Jazz Message" is not strictly a Hank Mobley album, as it contains three songs from a session led by Donald Byrd without Mobley. Byrd is also present on the other three songs on Mobley's session. This was Mobley's second session as a leader, and his first for Savoy. A session from July 23, 1956, issued as "Jazz Message, No. 2" (check out Space Flight from this session) features almost the same personnel but with Barry Harris on piano.
Ronnie Ball played on six Savoy sessions with different leaders between November 1955 and March '56, all alongside Kenny Clarke; the last was his only album as a leader, "All About Ronnie." Ball and Clarke had previously recorded together on one song on Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh's eponymous album in June 1955.
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...