Recorded by ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS on ART BLAKEY: THE JAZZ MESSENGER
CBS: 47118 / Recorded April 5, 1956
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax (Alto Sax), Trombone
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
This Hank Mobley classic, based loosely on the chord progression of Softly As A Morning Sunrise, is a powerful melody that effectively uses the rhythm section. This arrangement also features an impressive orchestration of the intro that will highlight a group's rhythmic accuracy and a chorus in which the entire band trades with the drummer.
SOLOS: The chord progression which moves from D minor to F major and back to D minor, is a great straight-ahead set of changes that are playable by any moderately-skilled improviser.
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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