Released: 1956, July 20
I’ve shied away an awful lot from including the jazz records in my collection on here. I don’t feel informed enough to intelligently comment on jazz as a whole. I just know that one time I walked into Chicago’s famous Jazz Record Mart (as I often would from time to time as it was in walking distance from a job I briefly held downtown.) and heard something I really liked. I inquired of one of the store employees what was playing. He told me “Hank Mobley.” So here and there I began to listen to more and eventually purchase a few Hank Mobley recordings. Mobley isn’t necessarily as incendiary or a popular figure in jazz as Coltrane or MIles Davis. But as a straightforward hard bop player… Mobley is solid and everything I’ve ever listened to under his leadership has been pleasing. I confess, the decision to buy this particular record of his came from eyeing the cover and falling in love. The typography and the monochromatic color scheme enticed me quite easily. There’s something so perfect about many record covers from this era of jazz and in addition to being curious about the style of music, I was eager to consume what jazz had to offer aesthetically as a new student of design at this time.
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