The Complete Hank Mobley Blue Note Sessions 1963-70

Mosaic Records Limited Edition Box Set


The Complete Hank Mobley Blue Note Sessions 1963-70
In the 1960s, a revitalized Hank Mobley made his comeback, adding a take-no prisoners approach to his magnificent playing

Limited Edition: 3,000 copies

8 CDs -  $136.00


Mosaic Records Presents "The Complete Hank Mobley Blue Note Sessions 1963-70" - 8 CDs with 74 tracks from the second great phase of Hank Mobley's career in state-of-the-art sound. With all the developments in recent years with analogue to digital converters and hi-res transfers that bring the CD to almost the same quality as analogue LPs, we have returned to the original analogue tapes of these Mobley master tapes in order to make them available like never before.

Hank Mobley, as a member of the original Jazz Messengers, was one of the founding fathers of the hard bop and the Blue Note sound. From 1954 to 1961, he had fruitful relationships in the bands of Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Max Roach and Miles Davis among others. He logged 13 sessions for Blue Note alone during that period which also highlighted his considerable talents as a composer. But through all his recording and touring activity, he remained a musician's musician , largely overlooked by the jazz press and fans at large. His fluid improvisations, harmonic brilliance, hypnotic lyricism and warm round tone didn't get the attention that more extroverted tenormen like Coltrane and Rollins could command.

Silent for most of 1962, Mobley's return in 1963 showed some major changes in his approach. His rich warm, round sound remained, but Hank pushed more air through his horn creating a herder, more in-your-face tone. His rhythmic approach was punchier, although his graceful ability to skate over and through the pulsating rhythm of master rhythm sections remained. His solos did demonstrate pore economy as he eliminated filigree and excess notes, thanks to lessons learned sharing the stage with Miles Davis.

In 1963 Hank began, making sideman appearances on Donald Byrd's "A New Perspective" and Herbie Hancock's "My Point Of View" This set covers his own sessions from that year until his final session for the label in 1970. Although most of this material was issued on CD at one time or another in the '80s or '90s, all of this music is out of print. Mosaic has returned to the original analogue tapes to create an audiophile listening experience that take advantage of today's high level of analogue to digital converters and to 24/96 transfers that bring the listener a sound that is comparable with vinyl.

On March 7, 1963, he recorded an album's worth of material with Donald Byrd, Herbie Hancock, Butch Warren and Philly Joe Jones, but Alfred Lion didn't think that all the material was strong enough to release. A second session in October with Lee Morgan, Andrew Hill, Joe Ore and Philly Joe yielded another six tunes.

Blue Note selected the best four tunes from the October session with two from the March session to create the album "No Room For Squares," released in May 1964. Hank was back and there were major changes to his approach. As Joe Goldberg wrote in the liner notes for that album: "I hear a greater order, economy and authority in his work so that it now becomes much easier to understand the respect his colleagues have had for him all these years.

Mobley's talents as a composer continued to grow. He expanded his language to include modality and samba rhythms. Even on the obligatory funk tune to lead off an album like "The Turnaround" or "The Flip," Hank took extra care to go beyond the 24-bar blues template to create fascinating works with unique structures that engage the soloists. His gift for melody and finding fresh harmonic chord sequence always enriched his compositions.

On the 12 sessions included in is set between 1963-71, Mobley's achievements, as an improviser, composer and leader are chronicled.. Seven of these sessions were released very soon after recording including acknowledged masterpieces like "No Room For Squares," "The Turnaround," and "Dippin'" as well as lesser known gems like "A Caddy For Daddy" and "Hi Voltage."

The five albums of material that were issued much later rival the originally issued material. "Straight No Filter" is an exquisite half session with Lee Morgan, McCoy Tyner, Bob Cranshaw and Billy Higgins. "Third Season" features a septet with adds guitarist Sonny Greenwich and alto saxophonist/flutist James Spaulding to the standard quintet instrumentation, which inspires some of Mobley's best writing. The piece de resistance among the rescued gems is "A Slice Of The Top," with an octet that adds euphonium, tuba and alto sax & flute to ensemble for some gorgeous writing on four Mobley originals and one standard with orchestrations by Duke Pearson. His final Blue Note session features the title tune "Thinking Of Home" as a three-part suite that is some of the best of Hank's compositional work.

Mobley's musical kinship with Lee Morgan and Billy Higgins is a unifying factor in this session and all three contribute to its most magical moments. Other sidemen on these sessions include trumpeters Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd,, Blue Mitchell and Woody Shaw, alto saxophonists Jackie Mclean and James Spaulding, guitarists George Benson and Sonny Greenwich, pianists Harold Mabern, Barry Harris, McCoy Tyner, Cedar Walton, bassists Paul Chambers, Bob Cranshaw, John Ore and Ron Carter and drummer Philly Joe Jones.

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  • Booklet
  • Audio Quality
  • Photography
  • Sample Session Notes
Author-journalist Bob Blumenthal is a leading expert of the classic Hard Bop era (1955-1970). His informative notes with insights and historical perspective have graced many a Mosaic booklet. In the set, he turns his attention the second great period of Hank Mobley’s work (1963-70)

With all the developments in recent years with analogue to digital converters and hi-res transfers that bring the CD to almost the same quality as analogue LPs, we have returned to the original analogue tapes of these Mobley master tapes in order to make them available like never before.

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The booklet is rich in brilliant Francis Wolff photography from the actual sessions, many of which are previously unpublished.


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  Vinyl is great... but not for box sets
I feel silly grading this when it hasnt been released yet, but Im familiar with the music and I trust that the sound will be up to Mosaics usual high standards. I know vinyl is all the rage again, especially among music geeks who buy stuff like Mosaic boxes! But for the box set format, CD really is the way to go, thanks to its size and playing time. An 8 CD box would turn into a heavy, cumbersome 14 or 15 LP set. I prefer the CD format for Mosaic boxes, and to be honest, if they were vinyl-only I probably wouldnt buy them.
I have all the indivual albums collected in this set, but I will order it anyway. Were talking Hank Mobley - unmissable music. And the cd-format is just fine with me.
  Please issue this set on vinyl
Im very interested in this box set. However, I want vinyl not CD. Material that was originally recorded and mastered analogue should be reissued analogue.
  CD is ok but vinyl is still better.
I have the Mobley 50s set in CD and also plan to buy the 63-70 set in CD when its released. The 50s set was released in both CD/LP but the 63-70 set is apparently only being released in CD, which is fine w/me. The debate over the quality of the sound on CD vs LP has been going on since CDs were 1st issued in the early 80s when Mosaic was also created. Im over 30 and have very good hearing and I notice audio differences between the same recordings produced by the same recording studios of identical tracks on CD and LP. Most of the differences that I notice are some loss of detail and texture in CDs but the differences are subtle and, apart from your hearing, the quality of the playback system you are using also as a lot to do whether you hear any differences or not between the 2. I am not here to trash anyones ability to hear or the quality of anyones playback system but there are qualitative differences in identical CD/LP recordings but those differences dont much matter to most people, especially given the general quality of Mosaics releases, whether issued in CD and/or LP.
  Nostalgia is nice, but . . .
I have the Mobley Fifties Sessions and will definitely be purchasing the 1963-70 Sessions - on CD, thank you, very much. I still own, and occasional play, all of the vinyl LPs, and several 45s for that matter, that I have been buying since the mid-60s, when I was first old enough to have my own money for that purpose. Was slow to make the transition from vinyl to CD, mostly for economic reasons. Still, occasionally, pick up a used LP, usually an out-of-print edition. However, as has already been stated most clearly here, the technology currently available to transfer analog signals to digital/CDs is unsurpassed. The nostalgia for vinyl is just that: nostalgia. Anyone who clings to the notion that the sound quality is that superior, must be under the age of thirty with very sharp hearing. I am way past that age and much prefer the many advantages that the CD platform has over vinyl.
  Dont limit this to vinyl
In response to anyone arguing for a vinyl-only release -- please dont get caught up in the hype. Vinyl is fine for an adjunct releasem if you think the market bears it, but do NOT shut out the still-substantial number of people who primarily listen to CDs. Vinyl remains a niche. I have many of these albums on CD in older transfers from the 80s and 90s, and heartily welcome the chance to own up-to-date transfers on CD. Thank you for doing this on CD, and please continue to serve this format.
  On vinyl please!
The Mosaic vinyl box sets from the 80s and 90s are true collectors items, and so for good reason: They sound fantastic. Releasing a cd box set in 2019 is outdated. High quality releases come nowadays either as hires digital files preferrably dsd or on vinyl from analog sources or hires digital files. If Mosaic went back to its roots and released this Hank Mobley box set on vinyl, it would arguably be awarded release of the year.
  Vinyl Pressings
on vinyl please ....on vinyl please ....on vinyl please ........thanks in advance
  Please vinyl again
Every week I look for new vinyl
  Hank Mobley 61 and 62 sessions
Please bring back the Mobley 61 and 62 sessions. I plan on purchasing the newly issued 63-71 sessions, adding to my Mobley fifties mosaic sessions.
  Amazing Artist
the original is worth the hunt, this set everyone is a star I wish there was video of Hank his playing is smooth and effortless everyone is a star on this set cant wait, also looks to be a Desert on the Island box get this set
  The missing 1960-61 sessions
So if Mosaic moves forward with this set, it will have done 2 Hank Mobley Blue Note sets, and neither one will have contained what is arguably Hanks best work for Blue Note or any other label: Soul Station Roll Call Workout Another Workout I understand that those 4 sessions have been widely available, but I would be more than happy to pay an extra $35-$50 just to have Mosaic do its magic on those 4 sessions and include them in this new set, so we can have all of Hanks 1960-1971 Blue Note sessions in one place.

The Complete Hank Mobley Blue Note Sessions 1963-70
The Complete Hank Mobley Blue Note Sessions 1963-70
Limited Edition: 3,000 copies
8 CDs - $136.00

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