Hank Mobley

YouTubers Dig Hank Mobley

Tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley had a fluid laid-back style that was both earthy and cosmopolitan. He recorded extensively for Blue Note as both a leader and sideman. He also played with the Jazz Messengers in the beginning when they formed under Horace Silver in the early 1950s and toured with Miles Davis in 1961. Despite two periods in the late 1950s and early 1960s when he was incarcerated briefly for narcotics possession, Mobley was able to record a wealth of great material from the 1950s to the 1970s. [Photo above of Hank Mobley by Francis Wolff (c)Mosaic Images]
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The Night Beat—Joe Zawinul, Hank Mobley, & Frank Rehak

Tune in to The Night Beat as your host Doug Crane notes the birth dates of Joe Zawinul, Hank Mobley, and Frank Rehak. He spent most of the 1960s as the pianist for the Cannonball Adderley Quintet. In 1966 he composed “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” which soared to #2 on the Billboard Soul Chart and to #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
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July Feature – Dr. Billy Taylor + Arthur Blythe, Hank Mobley, Billy Eckstine & Singers

Night Train kicks off the July feature, celebrating the centennial birthday of pianist and pioneering jazz educator and popularizer Dr. Billy Taylor, with his most famous composition and an anthem for the Civil Rights Movement. We also mark birthdays of violinist Mads Tolling and saxophonist Arthur Blythe (as a leader, with McCoy Tynar and Roots, and in a special in hour two) – and highlight new releases from the Spike Wilner Trio and Sons of Kemet.