Hank Mobley: Venus De Mildew
Venus De Mildew
Hank Mobley (tenor sax)
A Caddy for Daddy (Blue Note CDP 7 84230 2)
Composed by Wayne Shorter.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 18, 1965
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
Welcome, children, to today's tour of the Louvre. Here you see a world-famous sculpture, the Venus Di Mildew, depicting the ancient Greek goddess of mold. You'll notice that her arms are missing. That is of course what happens when you bite your nails. Just teasing! Actually, the sculptor, an American named Monsieur Shorter, removed them after learning that his patron, Monsieur Mobley, spent most of his money on a new 1966 Cadillac DeVille, and could only afford part of the sculptor's fee. Nevertheless, experts now consider Mobley's "Venus De Mildew" among the funkiest treasures in 1960s antiquities. Needless to say, it is priceless.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz