Hank Mobley: I Should Care
I Should Care
Hank Mobley (tenor sax)
Another Workout (Blue Note 0946 3 62646 2 2)
Composed by Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl & Paul Weston.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ. December 5, 1961
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
Artwork by Michael Symonds
Hard bop and ballads were strange bedfellows. Many hard-bop drummers didn't own wire brushes for their snares, preferring sticks the size of Hank Aaron's bat. Another Hank, surnamed Mobley, was one hard-bop stalwart with a soft spot for pretty tunes. Moreover, at the time of this recording, Hank and his cohorts were either current or former sidemen of Miles Davis—a preeminent balladeer. Even when resorting to the jazzman's time-honored recourse of double-timing over a slow tempo, as he does here, Mobley's slightly overcast tone was mobilized in the service of lyricism. And, yes, Philly Joe uses brushes. Another knockout.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz