Recorded by HANK MOBLEY on THE JAZZ MESSAGE OF HANK MOBLEY, Vol. 2
Savoy: SV 0158 (CD) / Recorded July 23, 1956
Mobley's arrangements for the band helped define the sound and style of future Blakey units and many other recording groups of the period.
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Trombone
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
"B For BB" was one of Mobley's early dates as a leader, and is now available again. A straight-ahead swinger, it is an easy bebop head that practically swings by itself with a couple of rhythmic twists and chromatic figures thrown in to maintain interest. The solo section includes some traded fours between soloist and ensemble and the rhythm section parts move seamlessly between keeping time and accentuating some of the more prominent rhythms played by the horns. This will be fun to play for players of all ability levels.
SOLOS: The changes move between F and B-flat. These are excellent changes for all improvisers regardless of their level of skill. II-V changes.
HANK MOBLEY (1930-1986). After leaving Art Blakey's original Jazz Messengers, Hank played with Horace Silver and Dizzy Reece before recording several albums as a member of Miles Davis' quintet (along with Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones). Hank made several classic albums in the '50s and '60s for Blue Note including "Soul Station," "Straight No Filter," "Workout" and "A Caddy For Daddy" with sidemen including Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Paul Chambers, Billy Higgins and Wynton Kelly. Like Kenny Dorham, he is not as well-known as his talents merit and his career was shortened by health problems. His driving compositions, such as "This I Dig of You," are characterized by rhythmic and harmonic twists and have been recorded by John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd, Horace Silver, Lee Morgan and others.
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