Recorded by ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS on ORIGINALLY
Columbia: 65265 / Recorded May 4, 1956
HANK MOBLEY, tenor saxophonist, was a founding member of The Jazz Messengers, which later became known as Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers. The Messengers became the most influential working unit of the hard bop school of the 1950s and '60s (and continuing through the 1980s). Mobley's arrangements for the band helped define the sound and style of future Blakey units and many other recording groups of the period. This recording has 4 of the 5 original members of The Jazz Messengers, the new member being Donald Byrd who replaced Kenny Dorham.
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trombone
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
CONDENSED SCORE [JRTS]*
Weird-O was recorded by the same Jazz Messengers aggregation a month later. It's a little different, as the title suggests, with a stop-and-start melodic approach. Excellent for getting the rhythm section in sync.
SOLOS: These changes feature many different II-Vs, some of which don't resolve as one would expect. They also explore several unusual key centers and contain other unique harmonic elements. Great for challenging an improviser who's comfortable with bebop harmony to play convincingly over something less conventional.
* The Jazz Repertory Transcription Series includes chord voicings, bass lines, drum fills and cued melody lines in rhythm section parts.
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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