No More Goodbyes – Hank Mobley
This gorgeous, wistful ballad is one of Hank Mobley's most intricate compositions. Our melody transcription shows how Hank played this song on the recording.
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- Recording: Hank Mobley - Hi Voltage
- Recorded on: October 9, 1967
- Label: Blue Note (BLP 4273)
- Concert Key: F
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Ballad
- Tenor Sax - Hank Mobley
- Piano - John Hicks
- Bass - Bob Cranshaw
- Drums - Billy Higgins
The changes are quite colorful, especially for a Hank Mobley song, with modulations to many key centers throughout. The A section visits A major and D♭ major—a cycle of major 3rds as in Giant Steps changes, made particularly elegant by tritone substitute approaches (for example B♭7 to Amaj7). The bridge starts with bass pedal figures using a double-time feel. There is a coda that repeats the last melody phrase three more times in a sequence—not really a "tag" as it is all over one chord; it's a particularly poetic and romantic ending.
Our lead sheet shows the basic melody. In addition we have a three-page melody transcription showing exactly how Hank plays this song on the recording. See the Solos tab for more details.
For another Hank Mobley ballad, check out Madeline, which also has a melody transcription. Hank Mobley wrote a few ballads, mostly early in his career; No More Goodbyes was his last recorded original ballad.
"Hi Voltage" was pianist John Hicks' first recording for Blue Note and his first recording at the Van Gelder Studio. Eight days later, Hicks was back at Van Gelder's for a session with saxophonist George Braith for the Prestige label, which remains unissued. John Hicks' very last recording was also at Van Gelder's: his own 2006 HighNote album "Sweet Love Of Mine."
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...