Hank Mobley: Roll Call


Roll Call


Hank Mobley (tenor sax)


Roll Call (Blue Note 40030)

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Hank Mobley (tenor sax), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Art Blakey (drums).

Composed by Hank Mobley


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, November 13, 1960


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

Hank Mobley’s “Roll Call” is an attention-grabbing, fiercely-swinging hard bop classic featuring some of the greatest players in jazz. Art Blakey delivers a heavy-handed opening statement that leads the tune into its stop-time head. From here, Mobley steps into the spotlight, setting the bar high and playing one of his most impressive solos. His tone has a unique fullness that rarely sounds pushed or edgy, and his use of dynamics is tasteful. Up next is trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, whose impassioned playing forever changed the voice of jazz trumpet. Hubbard plays even his most challenging phrases with ease, proving his physical dexterity and great taste as he flies through the changes outlined by Wynton Kelly and Paul Chambers. Kelly follows Hubbard with three lively choruses before Art Blakey takes a solo that carries “Roll Call” back to its head.

Reviewer: Greg Marchand

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