Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Cold: Funk In Deep Freeze

Hardbopper Hank Mobley´s artistry was always a bit underappreciated during his lifetime, as he just wasn´t as innovative a tenor player as contemporaries John Coltrane or Sonny Rollins. Which in rock terms would mean dissing the Kinks for not being as groundbreaking as the Beatles or the Stones.

Take Mobley for what he could do and you´ll find a true sax great with a melodic, subtle tone. On the heartwarming Funk In Deep Freeze from ´57 Mobley is supported by heavyweights Art Farmer on trumpet, Horace Silver on piano, Doug Watkins on bass and Art Blakey on drums.

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