Hank Mobley Mobley's Message Numbered Limited Edition 200g LP (Mono)
Numbered, Limited Edition 200 Gram LP! Only the 1st 1,000 Copies are Numbered! Pressed at Quality Record Pressings!
Mastered by Kevin Gray & Cut from the Original Mono 100% Analog Master Tapes!
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Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige mono reissues from Analogue Productions — 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at state-of -the-art plant Quality Record Pressings and plated by Gary Salstrom. Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock.
Recorded on July 20, 1956, this Prestige release features performances by
Mobley, Donald Byrd, Barry Harris, Doug Watkins and Art Taylor with Jackie
McLean as guest on "Au Privave".
Many are familiar with the long-lined tenor offerings of Hank Mobley through
his work with the Jazz Messengers. It was during his tenure with that group that
he really came into his own. Prior to that he had been with several groups
including Max Roach's intermittently during the 1951-3 period, Dizzy Gillespie's
for most of 1954 and late in the year the Horace Silver group which grew into
Born in Eastman, Georgia in 1930, but raised in New Jersey, Hank made a small
name for himself around the Newark area in the Garden State. After a stint with
Paul Gayten's r&b band in 1950 he was formally introduced to a wider jazz
audience with the Roach quartet. That he was following the Charlie Parker
tradition was evident, and he had also been touched by Sonny Rollins. To these
influences however, he brought a personal feeling and identifiable sound both of
which have been further crystallized in the years that followed. The Parker
lineage is still unmistakable but is more general than specific and the
occasional references to Rollins are now no more than tips of the hat.
Hank's sound is a distinctive one which serves well the emotional content and
rhythmic bent of his ideas. Its texture is more like a pulling in than a blowing
out and once prompted Ira Gitler to write after hearing him at a club, "He
sounded as if he was inhaling notes from the field between the microphone and
the bell of his horn and transmitting them through the loudspeaker at our left
by means of a magnetic reed."
Mobley's message is delivered in three different size envelopes. Four are by the
quintet in which Hank is helped by telegrapher Donald Byrd and his "sending"
trumpet. They disseminate the information of two dictums from bop's palmy days,
Bud Powell's "Bouncin' With Bud" and Thelonious Monk's "52nd Street Theme" plus
two more personal statements, Hank's "Minor Disturbance" and the group's
For Charlie Parker's blues, "Au Privave", the group becomes a sextet with the
addition of the young herald of the alto sax, Jackie Mclean. Hank is the sole
horn on "Little Girl Blues". Helping in all departments throughout are the
everswinging duo of Art Taylor and Doug Watkins, joined here by another in the
illustrious line of emigres from Detroit, pianist Barry Harris. Extremely
reminiscent of the Bud Powell of a bygone decade but with a lighter touch, Barry
shines, like the young star that he is, all over this record, thereby fully
illuminating all messages.
"Mobley is joined by trumpeter Donald Byrd. Altoist Jackie McLean is also on hand for Parker's 'Au Privave,' and the rhythm section of Barry Harris on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Art Taylor on drums, provides perfect support... [H]ard-bop devotees shouldn't overlook Mobley's Message, especially when they can savor this superb vinyl reissue." - Duck Baker, The Absolute Sound, October 2013, Music 3.5/5, Sonics 5/5
Recorded July 20, 1956 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio.
• 200g Vinyl LP
• Numbered, Limited Edition, Less Than 1000 Records per stamper, released in limited quantities
• Only the 1st 1,000 Copies are Numbered!
• The Original 100% Analog Master Tapes were used working with only the Best Mastering Studios!
• Mastered by Kevin Gray & Plated by Gary Salstrom
• Plated and Pressed at Quality Record Pressings on Virgin Vinyl
• Meticulous Test Pressing Evaluation and Quality Control
• Deluxe Packaging using the highest quality jackets and rice paper inner sleeves
• Officially Licensed & Authorized for release by the Record Label
Hank Mobley, tenor sax
Don Byrd, trumpet
Jackie McLean, alto sax
Barry Harris, piano
Doug Watkins, bass
Art Taylor, drums
1. Bouncin' With Bud
2. 52nd Street Theme
3. Au Privave
4. Minor Disturbance
5. Little Girl Blue
6. Alternating Current