Third Season – Hank Mobley
Modal Mobley with a twist! This later Hank Mobley song has an unique harmonic structure alternating whole-tone and major tonalities, going to minor in the bridge. Full score and parts are available for the recorded arrangement.
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- Recording: Hank Mobley - Third Season
- Recorded on: February 24, 1967
- Label: Blue Note (LT 1081)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Lee Morgan
- Alto Sax - James Spaulding
- Tenor Sax - Hank Mobley
- Guitar - Sonny Greenwich
- Piano - Cedar Walton
- Bass - Walter Booker
- Drums - Billy Higgins
The rhythmic melody at A is complemented by tutti rhythm section hits. At the beginning of the bridge the rhythm section goes to 4-feel; more hits fill in around the melody in the second half of the bridge. Solos are on the same 32-measure AABC form as the head, but with a 4-feel throughout. There is a rhythm section intro, similar to the A section but with slightly different rhythms and harmonies, shifting between B♭ Lydian dominant and Lydian tonalities (both with a ♯11 or ♭5). The top line of the intro piano voicings are cued in our lead sheets and horn parts.
About the arrangement: Full score and parts are available for the recorded arrangement. It's really a sextet arrangement as guitarist Sonny Greenwich only solos on the septet recording without comping or playing the head. Our lead sheet is the first horn part. The rhythm section hits are nearly fully notated, with intro and A section piano voicings condensed into one staff. The horns are harmonized throughout, alternating between thirds on the B♭7♯5 and fourths on B♭maj7. In the second half of the bridge, the alto and tenor sax catch the hits with the rhythm section behind the trumpet melody.
Besides "Third Season" and "A Slice Of The Top," Hank Mobley and alto saxophonist James Spaulding recorded together on one session for Freddie Hubbard's February 1965 album "Blue Spirits." In January 1967, Spaulding played on Morgan's "Standards" album; another notable recording with Morgan and Spaulding is the Freddie Hubbard-led all-star live album "The Night Of The Cookers" from April 1965.
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...