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Straight No Filter
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Hank Mobley's Blue Note dates of the 1960s had a remarkable consistency, a blend of Mobley's mellow sound and fluid invention with a shifting core of sidemen who shared his commitment to the tenets of hard bop--music that ... more »
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Hank Mobley's Blue Note dates of the 1960s had a remarkable consistency, a blend of Mobley's mellow sound and fluid invention with a shifting core of sidemen who shared his commitment to the tenets of hard bop--music that matched harmonic complexity with forceful swing. That consistency comes to the fore on Straight No Filter, with material from four quintet sessions presented in reverse chronological order from 1966 to 1963. The core is a session from 1966, with a band of trumpeter Lee Morgan, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Billy Higgins that produced just three tunes, but they're all outstanding, from the insistent title track to the blues march of "Soft Impressions." Titles might have gotten mixed up between the recording and the material's first release in 1979. The extended "Chain Reaction" is a sideman's chronicle, a variant of Coltrane's "Impressions," already based on the scalar pattern of Miles Davis's "So What." It's a pattern that Mobley and Tyner had explored almost nightly during their tenures in the Davis and Coltrane bands respectively, and Mobley even throws in a quotation from "St. Thomas," a nod to Cranshaw's regular employer, Sonny Rollins. The other three sessions contribute two tracks each, completing the material from Mobley's Turnaround and No Room for Squares sessions. Along the way there are repeat appearances by Morgan, Higgins, and drummer Philly Joe Jones that give a unified feel, while there's a remarkable range of distinctive pianists, from the angular Andrew Hill to the boppish Barry Harris and the smoother Herbie Hancock. There's often a funkier feel, with "Hank's Waltz" inspiring a superb Freddie Hubbard trumpet solo and "Yes Indeed," the only standard included, suffused with a strong gospel feel. --Stuart Broomer
Limited edition but definitely not limited talent
sranney22 | Austin TX | 06/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album although it may be a limited edition, is definitely not limited in the talent of each of the artists. There are three kickin lineups including Lee Morgan, Donald Byrd, and Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, McCoy Tyner, Barry Harris, Herbie Hancock, and Andrew Hill on piano, Bob Cranshaw, Paul Chambers, John Ore, and Butch Warren on bass, and Philly Joe and Billy Higgins on drums. All the cuts on this album are just jammin'. The way these maestros come together and make such swingin' cookin' music is just how music should sound. This is a definite must for any jazz lover, even if you are just starting to listen to jazz. As Sy Oliver said,"Yes Indeed!""
ajp | Minneapolis, MN | 01/04/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I think it's obvious that the titles got mixed up on this album. Track 1 is most likely "Chain Reaction," track 2 is certainly "Soft Impressions," and track 3 is most likely "Straight, No Filter." I can't believe this has never been corrected!
As for the music, McCoy Tyner has killer solos on the first two tracks.
Maybe the best...
D. Alder | Michigan | 01/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a hard-bop fan, this may be the greatest recording ever. That is no overstatement. When you have Byrd, Morgan and Hubbard on the trumpet, Philly Joe and Billy Higgins on the skins, Andrew Hill and Herbie Hancock on the piano alongside Chambers, Butch Warren and Ore on bass--this is obviously one of the best jazz lineups ever. At the very least, it is a classic recording that swings and drives like few other cds ever can. As the owner of hundreds of great jazz recordings, I can tell you this should not be missed."