Hank Mobley - Soul Station


Blue Note



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CBLJ 9022 SA
EAN: 4988031251973
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Preowned Vinyl Record
2008 / Music Matters / 2LP / 180g / 45rpm

180 Gram Vinyl Record

Soul Station is Hank Mobley's acknowledged masterpiece from 1960. Mobley's hot, brilliantly constructed solos have a smooth sound and an easy feel. With Miles Davis at the time, Mobley is joined by bandmates Wynton Kelly and Paul Chambers along with a magnificent Art Blakey. A true classic.

If the title of "Mr. Blue Note" had been given out to a performer, tenor-saxophonist Mobley would have been its recipient. Mobley's smooth tone and style defined the hard bop era. He put plenty of emotion and intensity into every note he played. During 1955-70, Blue Note's greatest years, Mobley led 25 Blue Note albums and appeared as a sideman on many others. Soul Station, a quartet gem from 1960, is unusual for Hank in that Mobley is the only horn, heading a group that includes pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Art Blakey; needless to say, a stellar rhythm section! This recording features Hank Mobley at the peak of his powers, taking lengthy solos full of passion and drive. His four originals include his most famous composition, "This I Dig Of You", which he squeezes for every ounce of its expressive power. Hank plays with heartbreaking lyricism on "If I Should Lose You." If proof were ever needed of Hank Mobley's greatness, Soul Station is perfect evidence.

• Super High Material Super Audio CD
• SHM-SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• Single-Layer Stereo SHM-SACD, to secure enough reflectance and not to compress DSD file.
• Label of the disc is printed with a special green ink called 'Onsho Shiyou,' which minimizes diffuse reflection.
• Carefully selected master audio is used, from existing DSD files to newly converted from analog tapes.
• This Single-Layer SHM-SACD can only be played on a Super Audio CD Player!
• Cardboard sleeve (mini-LP sleeve)

Hank Mobley, tenor sax
Art Blakey, drums
Wynton Kelly, piano
Paul Chambers, bass

1. Remember
2. This I Dig Of You
3. Dig Dis
4. Split Feelin's
5. Soul Station
6. If I Should Lose You

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 1 person(s) rated this product.

Sounds Excellent

posted on 02/12/2022
5 Stars
Reviewer: Brian VanPelt
I didn't detect any tape hiss, and all of the instruments sound lively and vivid. The recording is excellent.

When Hank Mobley solos alone, I can detect a slight echo to his sax - he appears on the left. The piano is in the middle and the drums are on the left. Each instrument is loud enough to hear clearly, but not so loud as to drown out the others.

I have the Classic Vinyl Reissue of this same album, and I like this quite a bit better. The vinyl version features some tape distortion when Mobley hits loud high notes; while this SACD features no distortion at all. Not only that, this SACD sounds transparent to the analog source. The sound is very focused and sharp. There are times when you can hear Mobley yelp as he's getting into the music.

The soundstage stretches from the left speaker to the right speaker, and it feels like the piano is placed further back, but in the middle.

This is just fantastic. I give it a 5+.

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