“Blues Number Two” – Hank Mobley (1957)

Jazz Message #2 , also called Hard Bop and The Jazz Message of Hank Mobley Volume 2,  was released in 1957 on the Savoy label. It was recorded on July 23 & November 7, 1956. Featured performers are Mobley (tenor sax); Donald Byrd (trumpet); Lee Morgan (trumpet); Hank Jones (piano); Doug Watkins (bass);  Barry Harris (piano); Kenny Clarke (drums); and Art Taylor (drums).

All compositions by Hank Mobley except as indicated:

  1. “Thad’s Blues” (Jones)
  2. “Doug’s Minor B’ Ok” (Watkins)
  3. “B. for B.B.”
  4. “Blues Number Two”
  5. “Space Flight”

About the album, Jim Todd at AllMusic writes:

Impressive lineups, both in the front line and the rhythm section, fuel the two 1956 sessions on this Savoy reissue. The players are committed, the writing is good, and the performances reward repeated listening. The result is a worthwhile precursor to the industry-standard hard bop Mobley would later record for Blue Note.

This is “Blues Number Two,” the 4th cut, with Mobley, Byrd, Harris, Watkins, and Clarke.

I gravitate to hard bop, every time.

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