Recorded by T.S. MONK on TAKE ONE
Blue Note: CDP 7 99614 / Recorded October 16, 1991
The T.S. Monk Sextet's albums on Blue Note display this group's dedication to performing a repertory of modern jazz classics.
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Alto Sax, Tenor Sax
3rd part: Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trombone
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
This arrangement of a Hank Mobley uptempo burner offers many opportunities to demonstrate the skills of a well-rehearsed and musical ensemble. The 4-bar phrase that characterizes this tune is repeated in such a way as to highlight dynamic sensitivity. The chart also features several killer rhythmic figures that pit the low voices against the upper ones or require impeccable coordination between the rhythm section and the horns. This is one of our best arrangements for demonstrating superb technique and cohesiveness a group.
SOLOS: These classic blowing changes are comfortable to play over and let a soloist focus on creativity and swing.
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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