The Rudy Van Gelder Edition of SOUL STATION includes an essay by Bob Blumenthal.
Personnel: Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone); Wynton Kelly (piano); Paul Chambers (bass); Art Blakey (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on February 7, 1960. Includes liner notes by Joe Goldberg and Bob Bluemnthal.
Digitally remastered using 24-bit technology by Rudy Van Gelder (van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey).
This is part of the Blue Note Rudy Van Gelder Editions series.
Personnel: Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone); Wynton Kelly (piano); Art Blakey (drums).
Liner Note Author: Joe Goldberg.
Recording information: New York, NY (02/07/1960); Van Gelder Studio (02/07/1960).
Photographer: Francis Wolff.
Of all Hank Mobley's classic sessions for Blue Note, the timeless SOUL STATION is by far the most cherished. This 1960 set features a quartet of Mobley and three masters of the rhythm section, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Art Blakey. What makes this so special, however, is the sheer perfection of it all; Mobley's tenor is soulful and confident, Kelly is at his tasteful best, and Chambers and Blakey work in tandem like a well-oiled machine. The themes are all executed with straightforward swinging panache and the solo spots by all are some of their most flawless excursions. From bouncing grooves like "This I Dig of You" and the slow blues of the title track to the danceable Latin rhythms in "Split Feelin's," this is a fully formed stylistic milestone that perfectly encapsulates the hard bop era.
Down Beat (1960) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "..a real cooking session...moving, impassioned, and lyrical.."