Mobley’s Message is an album by jazz saxophonist Hank Mobley, released on the Prestige label in 1957. It was recorded on July 20, 1956 and features performances by Mobley, Donald Byrd, Barry Harris, Doug Watkins and Art Taylor, with Jackie McLean guesting on one track, on which his solo is marred by faulty sound quality (Wikipedia).
Saxophonist Hank Mobley’s 1956 date for Prestige, Mobley’s Message, is an often overlooked gem of the era. Joining Mobley here is an all-star cast of musicians including trumpeter Donald Byrd, alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, pianist Barry Harris, bassist Doug Watkins, and drummer Art Taylor. Essentially a high-energy blowing session, the album features some stellar bop-oriented improvisation and is well worth seeking out.
All compositions by Hank Mobley except as indicated
“Bouncing with Bud” (Powell) – 7:00
“52nd Street Theme” (Monk) – 5:43
“Minor Disturbance” – 6:16
“Au Privave” (Parker) – 7:34
“Little Girl Blue” (Hart, Rodgers) – 8:44
“Alternating Current” – 6:34
Hank Mobley – tenor saxophone
Donald Byrd – trumpet
Barry Harris – piano
Doug Watkins – bass
Art Taylor – drums
Jackie McLean – alto saxophone (#4 only)
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