Date: Apr 28th, 2008 · Tags: Jazz Articles

Workout: The Music of Hank Mobley Derek Ansell Hardcover; 162 pages ISBN: 978 09550908-8-2 Northway Books 2008

As a tenor saxophone player, Hank Mobley committed the cardinal sin of not adhering to any established stylistic aesthetic, for all of his association with the hard bop idiom. Author Derek Ansell rightly makes much of this in his book, the first to be devoted to Mobley. For if jazz is an art form in which individuality is valued, then Mobley is an example of how this is sometimes not the case. Indeed, as Ansell cogently argues, it might have been one of the major factors in the saxophonist’s undoing…Continue Reading >>