Recorded by HANK MOBLEY on ROLL CALL
Blue Note: CDP 7 46823 2 / Recorded November 13, 1960
HANK MOBLEY's "Roll Call" album is representative of Mobley's 20-plus exciting Blue Note hard-bop recordings of the 1960s. His output helped define the Blue Note sound. This date features the 22-year-old trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, who made his Blue Note recording debut less than 5 months before. Freddie still fondly remembers this date, which was also his first recording with Art Blakey.
Front Line: E-flat, C treble clef, C bass clef, Trumpet (1st part),
Tenor Sax (2nd part)
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
The drums (Latin) set up the intro. The intro ends with a horn break which starts the melody (swing) - a fun interplay between horns and rhythm section.
SOLOS: These changes are full of II-Vs in comfortable keys making them fun to blow on for any moderately skilled improviser.
HANK MOBLEY (1930-1986). After leaving Art Blakey's original Jazz Messengers, Hank played with Horace Silver and Dizzy Reece before recording several albums as a member of Miles Davis' quintet (along with Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones). Hank made several classic albums in the '50s and '60s for Blue Note including "Soul Station," "Straight No Filter," "Workout" and "A Caddy For Daddy" with sidemen including Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Paul Chambers, Billy Higgins and Wynton Kelly. Like Kenny Dorham, he is not as well-known as his talents merit and his career was shortened by health problems. His driving compositions, such as "This I Dig of You," are characterized by rhythmic and harmonic twists and have been recorded by John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd, Horace Silver, Lee Morgan and others.
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