Hank Mobkey : Dippin'
Hank Mobkey : Dippin'
Hank Mobley (tenor sax), Lee Morgan (trumpet), Harold Mabern (piano), Larry Ridley (bass), Billy Higgins (drums)
Blue Note 4209
Analogue Productions Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)
Limited edition : 2,500 printings
Brand New and Sealed Record
Discontinued : last copy available!...
1 - The Dip
2 - Recado Bossa Nova
3 - The Break Through
4 - The Vamp
5 - I See Your Face Before Me
6 - Ballin'
Recorded on June 18, 1965 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
Dippin' is one of Hank Mobley's finest moments, even considering that his entire Blue Note catalog is masterful, particularly his 1960s dates that reveal the depth and dimension of his understanding of harmonic invention, all in the name of groove and swing, of course. This date, recorded on a single day in June of 1965, netted four Mobley originals as well as two covers. The band included trumpeter Lee Morgan, pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Larry Ridley, and drummer Billy Higgins. The two-horn front line always served Mobley well. Here, with Morgan, the groove commences from the first notes of the title cut that opens the set. The short bluesy lines burst from the horns, and are turned inside out with elegant yet knotty lines that move the tune almost into pop territory but never venture far from the blues. The sprightly "Recado Bossa Nova," written by Djalma Ferreira, moves the band outside its comfort zone rhythmically, but Mobley's horn chart is brilliant. Higgins and Ridley keep the bossa groove natural and steaming as the soloists begin taking the tune apart and putting it back together. There is one ballad on the set, "I See Your Face Before Me" composed by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz. On it, Mobley does his best Ben Webster, blowing low and smoky and sweet, but the truth is that it doesn't belong on a program with so many hard bop swingers. The rest of the session is a pure joy and a fine document of Mobley's abilities as a bandleader and composer.
The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.
This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray at AcousTech, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on virgin vinyl at RTI.