Hank Mobley with Donald Byrd and Lee Morgan – Hank Mobley Sextet

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Hank Mobley with Donald Byrd and Lee Morgan (also known as Hank Mobley Sextet) is an album by jazz saxophonist Hank Mobley released on the Blue Note label in 1957 as BLP 1540. It was recorded on November 25, 1956 and features Mobley, Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Horace Silver, Paul Chambers and Charlie Persip.

AllMusic Review by Al Campbell:
The Birth of Hard Bop explores Savoy sessions from tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley and trumpeters Donald Byrd and Lee Morgan early in their careers. The majority of material has been previously released, however five alternate and previously unissued takes are included. Recorded between January and November 1956, with Mobley as the leader, playing on all tracks except the first three which fall under Byrd’s leadership. Morgan’s contributions surface on the last seven tracks, again under Mobley’s leadership and excluding Byrd. The list of sidemen are hard bop (and bop) pioneers including Horace Silver, Barry Harris, Doug Watkins, Kenny Clarke, Hank Jones, and Arthur Taylor. This is a welcomed reissue with great sound and informative liner notes by Doug Ramsey in which the stifling term “hard bop” is thoroughly examined (https://goo.gl/1igXLp).

Track listing:
All compositions by Hank Mobley
Touch and Go” – 9:18
Double Whammy” – 8:12
Barrel of Funk” – 11:21
Mobleymania” – 8:27

Hank Mobley – tenor saxophone
Donald Byrd – trumpet
Lee Morgan – trumpet
Horace Silver – piano
Paul Chambers – bass
Charlie Persip – drums

Released: Mid March 1957
Recorded: November 25, 1956
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack
Length: 37:18
Label Blue Note
BLP 1540
Producer: Alfred Lion