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Hank Mobley Copenhagen 1968

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4 hours ago, brownie said:

Would not recommend  getting the Dexter ''Those Were the Days' reissue. Sound is barely better.  The Japanese CD lacks two titles:  'Shadow of Your Smile' and 'Stuffy'.

The only thing better is the cover photo of Dexter Gordon by Jan Persson. 

:excited: You're killin' me!   Already ordered and shipped. :(

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leave it to the Dutch to protect it all these years and then facilitae a release when that become possible.  we definitely need to reach out to thank them and let them know we are happy about doing business with them.  will u guys who are up on these foreign jazz cd orde r sites, when u get more info can you post your experience ordering.  i thought it was a big deal to buy something internationally on discogs but that link you posted was somethin else....no way i was gonna put my credit card number in that

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Bertrand was reminding me of this Copenhagen recording that was issued in Japan as "Hank Mobley with the Kenny Drew Trio - Blue Bossa", so I am spinning it again this morning. While this CD was definitely made from a better tape than the one I had for years, the sound still isn't great. What's funny is that on this CD, NHOP's bass is actually recessed, not boosted, so I have to wonder if the person I got my old cassette from was a bass fan. :) And while I hear Mobley "stretching out", I also hear him straining quite a bit. It makes me think that his lung problems were already limiting his playing. On fast tunes, he seems to chop off notes instead of playing in his usual flowing style.

I wonder when he started moaning after notes like he does in places here? I don't recall it happening on his live Messengers recordings. Maybe it was something he always did but he minimized it on those Jazz Messengers recordings?

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23 minutes ago, bresna said:

 It makes me think that his lung problems were already limiting his playing. On fast tunes, he seems to chop off notes instead of playing in his usual flowing style.

 

I thought that his lung problems were tied to specific medical event(s) in the 70s? 

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25 minutes ago, Dan Gould said:

I thought that his lung problems were tied to specific medical event(s) in the 70s? 

Lung cancer isn't like a switch going off. By the 70's, it had supposedly limited his playing ability but there is a chance (likelihood?) that it was affecting him earlier as well. That's why I implied that this might be what we hear on these recordings.

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48 minutes ago, bresna said:

Lung cancer isn't like a switch going off. By the 70's, it had supposedly limited his playing ability but there is a chance (likelihood?) that it was affecting him earlier as well. That's why I implied that this might be what we hear on these recordings.

I'm sure that's true ... but my recollection was it was the loss of a lung or a portion that really effected him? I didn't think specifically lung cancer but I am sure that makes sense.  Anyway I never thought he sounded inhibited on his last regular studio date, Breakthrough.  Different, but not inhibited.

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Collapsed lung, I believe it was.

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If you Google "Hank Mobley lung cancer", several on-line resources say that he had lung cancer. I suppose it's not important now.

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2 hours ago, Dan Gould said:

I thought that his lung problems were tied to specific medical event(s) in the 70s? 

I heard Hank at the Tin Palace in NYC not too long before the end. It was very sad; he could hardly get air through the horn.

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On 7/26/2021 at 8:20 AM, Larry Kart said:

I heard Hank at the Tin Palace in NYC not too long before the end. It was very sad; he could hardly get air through the horn.

was he happy to see you though, did he have any interesting thoughts to you on life in the 80s

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17 minutes ago, chewy-chew-chew-bean-benitez said:

was he happy to see you though, did he have any interesting thoughts to you on life in the 80s

???

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Did you conversate with him at all, I think is what he's askitating of you.

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1 minute ago, JSngry said:

Did you conversate with him at all, I think is what he's askitating of you.

No, I didn't.

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31 minutes ago, Larry Kart said:

No, I didn't.

oh no i got you confused w/ that other dog, who wrote the downbeat article, sorry

35 minutes ago, JSngry said:

Did you conversate with him at all, I think is what he's askitating of you.

yy! 

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2 minutes ago, chewy-chew-chew-bean-benitez said:

oh no i got you confused w/ that other dog, who wrote the downbeat article, sorry

That would be John Litweiler, a name worth remembering!

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