Hank Mobley: Venus De Mildew


Venus De Mildew


Hank Mobley (tenor sax)


A Caddy for Daddy (Blue Note CDP 7 84230 2)

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Hank Mobley (tenor sax), Lee Morgan (trumpet), Curtis Fuller (trombone), McCoy Tyner (piano), Bob Cranshaw (bass), Billy Higgins (drums).

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

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  • 1 mrebks // Jan 13, 2009 at 07:10 PM
    unarmed, but still dangerous--hank's for the shorter review!