On The Bright Side – Hank Mobley
As bright as the title suggests, this is a classic '50s Mobley song from a Blue Note session that deserves wider recognition. Trumpeter Kenny Dorham plays a fascinating solo; a transcription is available for it.
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- Recording: Hank Mobley - Curtain Call
- Recorded on: August 18, 1957
- Label: Blue Note (TOCJ 1611)
- Concert Key: F
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Kenny Dorham
- Tenor Sax - Hank Mobley
- Piano - Sonny Clark
- Bass - Jimmy Rowser
- Drums - Art Taylor
The horns play in octaves throughout the head. Pianist Sonny Clark's 8-measure piano intro is notated in the C treble clef lead sheet.
clip The beginning of the second chorus is one of the best examples of this. In the second measure of this chorus he arrives on the third of E7 on beat 2, rising to the flat 9th on the "and" of beat 3; two measures later, he gets to the third of D7 on beat 1 and to the flat 9th on beat 3.
Kenny's distinctive articulations are notated in this transcription so you can really look into his unique style. Notable chord alterations are also shown below the staff, including instances in which he plays the natural 5th over a minor 7th/flat 5th chord. The solo is three pages long.
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...