No Room for Squares

マーケットプレイス価格:¥ 560 (税込)

レーベル:Blue Note Records
JAN:0724352453924 売上ランキング:音楽で20900位

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  1. Three Way Split
  2. Carolyn
  3. Up A Step
  4. No Room For Squares
  5. Me 'N You
  6. Old World, New Imports
  7. Carolyn (Alternate Take)
  8. No Room For Squares (Alternate Take)
Of all the great tenor players of the modern era, the lyrical, round-toned and rhythmically sophisticated Hank Mobley (1930-86) remains the most consistently--and unfairly--underrated. Reissued with alternate takes of the title track and trumpeter Lee Morgan's lovely ballad "Carolyn", N o Room For Squares features Mobley with two groups, both recorded in 1963. The majority of the t racks put Mobley together with Morgan, Andrew Hill (piano), John Ore (bass) and Philly Joe Jones (drums), while "Up a Step" and "Old World, New Imports" match old sparring partners Mobley and Jones with Donald Byrd (trumpet), Herbie Hancock (piano) and Butch Warren (bass). While No Room is not quite on the same level as Mobley's classic Soul Station, Roll Call and Workout albums of a couple of years earlier, there's plenty to relish in its 55 minutes, including the overall quality of Mobley's compositions and the contrast between the rubato soulfulness of "Carolyn" and the funky riff which fires his other featured composition, the sexy "Me 'N You ". Hancock has a couple of exciting, beautifully balanced outings, while Hill (soon to record more avant-garde fare on Blue Note) offers both adroit comping and several well-turned solos. As for Mobley: just listen to the perfectly sprung blend of soulful lyricism and diverse rhythmic assertiveness which distinguishes his work on both takes of the modal, medium-up title track. His solos can be spoken of in the same breath as the finest by Armstrong, Young or Parker. --Michael Tucker