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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Mobley's Motto

The late great tenor player, Hank Mobley, received this piece of musical advice from his Uncle Dave: "If you're with someone who plays loud, you play soft. If someone plays fast then you play slow. If you try to do what they're doing; you're in trouble."
Sounds like it might not have been bad advice at that. It worked for Hank who was my favourite of all the Blue Note tenor players.

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

Ditto Lance,

There's an interesting book available about Mobley: the Music of Hank Mobley by Derek Ansell. Well worth a read.

I have quite a few Mobley albums but personally I think music doesn't get much better than Soul Station - perfection!

Lance said...

The very book I obtained the quote from!
Great minds etc...

Anonymous said...

Yes that's a great CD. I think Hank may have been Syd Warren's favourite tenor player, certainly one of his top favourites.
He's just about my favourite of the Blue Note roster too - and of course Grant Green on guitar.
They both had that 'je ne sais quoi' quality we talked about earlier.
Roly

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