Monday, November 7, 2011

Hank Mobley - Far Away Lands (1988)

Hank Mobley - Far Away Lands (1988)
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Genre ~ Hard Bop | Label ~ Blue Note

Of all the Blue Note artists of the 1960s, tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley may very well be the most underrated. A consistent player whose style evolved throughout the decade, Mobley wrote a series of inventive and challenging compositions that inspired the all-stars he used on his recordings while remaining in the genre of hard bop. For this lesser-known outing, Mobley teams up with trumpeter Donald Byrd, pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Billy Higgins for four of his songs (given such colorful titles as "A Dab of This and That," "No Argument," "The Hippity Hop," and "Bossa for Baby"), along with a song apiece from Byrd and Jimmy Heath. An excellent outing, fairly late in the productive career of Hank Mobley. ~Allmusic

01. A Dab of This and That (5:14)
02. Far Away Lands (5:34)
03. No Argument (6:33)
04. The Hippity Hop (5:42)
05. Bossa For Baby (6:08)
06. Soul Time (6:47)

Hank Mobley - tenor saxophone
Donald Byrd - trumpet
Cedar Walton - piano
Ron Carter - bass
Billy Higgins - drums

Original sessions produced by Alfred Lion
Produced for release by Michael Cuscuna
Recording by Rudy Van Gelder
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Recorded on May 26, 1967
Digital Transfers: Ron McMaster
Design: Richard Mantel
Liner notes by Michael Cuscuna

Thanks to the original releaser.