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Glad this thread popped up (pun intended).  I need to go back and read Larry’s chapter again.

Always had a very soft spot for the three LT albums, although I don’t click with Slice as much as some do.  I do love the one that Cuscuna put out in 1985 or so with Donald Byrd, I can see the cover but the same escapes me.  Oh Far Away Lands.  For a while those were the only four that were easy to find.

And YES Dippin’!!!

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‘Far Away Lands’. Yes, that one was a real welcome surprise when it came out over here on a French DMM LP.

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On 7/1/2013 at 4:09 AM, robertoart said:

You remembered right. I listened to this session for the very first time yesterday, after reading this thread. On Summertime Mobley plays some stuff that is on an unaccompanied solo tangent. This is very brittle stuff. I'm very glad to have been made aware of this album.

The opening solo portion of Summertime is actually thr first movement of the Thinking of Home Suite. It works really well in that Algerian war film soundtrack :)

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13 hours ago, Eric said:

Glad this thread popped up (pun intended).  I need to go back and read Larry’s chapter again.

Always had a very soft spot for the three LT albums, although I don’t click with Slice as much as some do.  I do love the one that Cuscuna put out in 1985 or so with Donald Byrd, I can see the cover but the same escapes me.  Oh Far Away Lands.  For a while those were the only four that were easy to find.

And YES Dippin’!!!

From the mid-sixties albums "Dippin´" is my favourite. 
He made so many albums for the BN Label I lost the trace. Most mid-fifties albums under his name are very very similar, not only from the personnel, but also from the album titles. The Mobley from the fifties I like most is with the 1954-55 Messengers, and very very nice on "Date with Jimmy Smith", and he holds his own on "A Blowing Session"....
If I choose one single album that I´d keep it would be "Soul Station". 
Many praise his last BN album "Thinking of Home" but I have the impression that you already hear that Hank has breathing problems that affect his playing....

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8 hours ago, Gheorghe said:

From the mid-sixties albums "Dippin´" is my favourite. 
He made so many albums for the BN Label I lost the trace. Most mid-fifties albums under his name are very very similar, not only from the personnel, but also from the album titles. The Mobley from the fifties I like most is with the 1954-55 Messengers, and very very nice on "Date with Jimmy Smith", and he holds his own on "A Blowing Session"....
If I choose one single album that I´d keep it would be "Soul Station". 
Many praise his last BN album "Thinking of Home" but I have the impression that you already hear that Hank has breathing problems that affect his playing....

Soul Station, Roll Call, Straight No Filter...Wayne Shorter and Hank do have a lot in common: great composers and players, albeit their own styles and education. Love every single record Hank cut for BN (leader and sideman) and plus. Great composer, unique sound and style. One of my top five favorites. 

I like the way you put that...

If I was to take one album to my albums of Hank Mobley albums to my Hank Mobley album island, it'd be Third Season. 

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I certainly hear those breathing problems, but I might take "Thinking of Home" as the only Mobley album. There's just such an involving sense of what the Brazilians call "saudade." I really become wrapped up in that album in ways I don't with many many others. An excellent blend of composition, arranging and playing.

Edited by jazzbo

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1 hour ago, jazzbo said:

I certainly hear those breathing problems, but I might take "Thinking of Home" as the only Mobley album. There's just such an involving sense of what the Brazilians call "saudade." I really become wrapped up in that album in ways I don't with many many others. An excellent blend of composition, arranging and playing.

Yeah, that.

No Room For Squares was it, then from that, I really like the "mature" Mobley circ, 63-70. Caddy For Daddy, Reach Out! I really dig those records. Hank can write!!

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There's a reason that Mosaic released box sets of Mobley's 1950's and 1960's albums, and wanted to do another box with the four with Wynton Kelly (Soul Station etc.) which were all released on Blue Note as single CDs. And not just because Cuscuna is a Mobley fan. There was no Shorter box, Henderson only recently. Only Dexter Gordon was collected in a Blue Note box. It was a very satisfying run of albums. Well, I'm a fan .... 

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1 hour ago, mikeweil said:

There's a reason that Mosaic released box sets of Mobley's 1950's and 1960's albums, and wanted to do another box with the four with Wynton Kelly (Soul Station etc.) which were all released on Blue Note as single CDs. And not just because Cuscuna is a Mobley fan. There was no Shorter box, Henderson only recently. Only Dexter Gordon was collected in a Blue Note box. It was a very satisfying run of albums. Well, I'm a fan .... 

Yup. 

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