Music For Lovers 0106


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    Music For Lovers 0106 Blue Note

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Review Text These nine ballads were recorded by Hank Mobley between 1955 and 1967. Apart from being a genuinely wonderful set of romantic tunes, Music for Lovers showcases a different side of the great hard bop tenor's playing. Mobley's approach to ballads was reverent, but it was loose, too. Mobley brought a big helping of soul to his readings of standards such as "Darn That Dream," "I Should Care," and even the ethereal "Deep in a Dream." However, as this small collection illustrates, it is in his own tunes that Mobley shines brightest. First, there's the beautiful "No More Goodbyes," recorded with Bob Cranshaw, Billy Higgins, and John Hicks from a late date in 1967. His solo touches on Ben Webster's breathy tone for a moment, and then winds out gently with blues accents in each chorus. But perhaps the finest moment here is on his "My Sin," recorded in 1965 with Freddie Hubbard (a wonderful match for Mobley on the front line), bassist Paul Chambers, Barry Harris, and Higgins once again. Here is where Mobley actually sings though his horn, as Hubbard and Harris prod him to go deeper. For the price, this is a solid little comp that achieves its objective and then some. ~ Thom Jurek

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  1. 1. Good Life - 5:08
  2. 2. Darn That Dream - 6:09
  3. 3. I Should Care - 8:42
  4. 4. I See Your Face Before Me - 5:27
  5. 5. No More Goodbys - 6:40
  6. 6. Deep in a Dream - 6:58
  7. 7. My Sin - 7:52
  8. 8. Fin de l'Affaire - 7:39
  9. 9. Alone Together - 4:16

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