Now Listening: Hank Mobley’s self titled LP featuring Sonny Clark, Paul Chambers, Art Taylor, Bill Hardman, and the criminally underrated Curtis Porter. Some may recognize Porter by the name Shafi Hadi. Look up Hadi’s work with Charles Mingus. If you like Mingus, then you’ve heard Hadi’s work, you just never connected the dots.
For brother Hank.
Today is Hank Mobley’s birthday.
A Caddy for Daddy is one of his overlooked records. The lineup with Mobley is Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, McCoy Tyner, Billy Higgins and Bob Cranshaw.
Last one from the Euclid Records blog:
From late 1957, more pictures from the Bernie Thrasher photography file. It was right around New Years heading into 1958 when the Max Roach band featuring Kenny Dorham and Hank Mobley made there way to the Glass Bar (Peacock Alley) here in St. Louis.
Hank Mobley - A Slice of the Top
Photo by Jan Persson
FLAC rip of Straight No Filter by Hank Mobley.
Mobley and Lee Morgan on the title track going back and forth is incredible. Shit man, I wish was alive to witness this.
“To the best of my knowledge, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, myself, Jimmy Heath, John Coltrane, we called ourselves the ‘Five Brothers’, you know, the five black brothers. We all started playing alto, but Charlie Parker was such a monster that we all gave up and switched to tenor.”
Hank Mobley, Downbeat 1973 interview via Mosaic
Born on this day: Hank Mobley (Philly Joe Jones is in the background)
Photo by Laird Scott. See more photos from this set at Laird’s flickr page here.
Hank Mobley - Soul Station
with Doug Watkins, Hank Mobley and Art Farmer.
Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan captured in various states of unconsciousness by the baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter
Hank Mobley with Donald Byrd and Lee Morgan record framed at the Lee Morgan Shrine in Harlem.
With J.J. Johnson and Hank Mobley.
Photo by Laird Scott. See the full set on Mr. Scott’s flickr page here.
George Morrow, Hank Mobley, Max Roach and Kenny Dorham at one of the December 1957 Max Roach Plus Four Plays Charlie Parker sessions.
Happy Born Day to Max Roach!
Credit: Scanned from the Complete Mercury Max Roach Plus Four Sessions booklet by Mosaic Records.
[left to right} Reggie Workman, Hank Mobley and Charles Tolliver jamming late night at Nica’s Cathouse circa mid 1960s
(photo by Pannonica de Koenigswarter, from the book Three Wishes)