Soft Impressions – Hank Mobley
A minor blues with that unmistakable Mobley funk.
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- Recording: Hank Mobley - Straight, No Filter
- Recorded on: June 17, 1966
- Label: Blue Note (CD 5-27459)
- Concert Key: D minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Trumpet - Lee Morgan
- Tenor Sax - Hank Mobley
- Piano - McCoy Tyner
- Bass - Bob Cranshaw
- Drums - Billy Higgins
There are a few added passing chords in the head. In the solos, a tasty substitution is retained from the head for the eighth measure: F♯ minor to B7, a tritone sub II-V7 leading to B♭7 for the turnaround. This can allow for harmonic experimentation, as in Lee Morgan and McCoy Tyner's solos, but also keeps harmonic interest when sticking to a simpler blues form.
Harmony notes are included in each edition when the horns break into harmony.
This "Straight, No Filter" session was the second to last Mobley-led session with Lee Morgan. The last was the rare "Third Season" from February 1967; check out Boss Bossa from that album.
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...