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November 07, 2011


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Wow !.. I loved Nostalgia...and not just because Out of Nowhere is probably my favorite tune...Thanks for the great work you do Marc !

Denis Ouellet

What a great band !
Those changes are so beautiful. Never get tired of them.


Richard Noorigian

Very relaxed session that flows beautifully.
Thanks Marc

Dave James

Further evidence that Mobley is among the most gifted and, at the same time, underrated players in the history of post-bop. In addition to his sound, what separates Hank from the pack is his writing. Unlike most artists, he composed most of the music he recorded. And these aren't the sort of paint-by-the- numbers, throwaway, jam-ready tunes you see and hear so often from that era. Mobley's work is catchy, complex and well thought out but, most importantly, it's listenable. He is, hands down, my favorite jazz saxophonist.

T.K. Tortch

Per Dave Jame's comment above, I think Mobley has suffered a bit for being over-recorded by Blue Note as a leader - clearly he was one of their favorites, too!!

I've never heard a bad Mobley session, but there are so many to choose from, it can be hard to pick out the ones that really show how good he could be rather than just another good tenor running in a rather large pack.

I also think he's suffered in memory because he didn't have the sort of hard-edged, blow-'em-down tone and attack that became the norm in Hard Bop, which is ironic as he was one of the original Hard-Boppers. There are some other tenor players that I think suffer a bit in current renown for similar reasons, such as Benny Golson.

Ray Accardi

A bit of sun in this rainy autumn......

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