Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Jazz Thing, Round 1: Powell v. Mobley

The Jazz Thing, Round 1 (40 Word/Album Limit)

#17 "The Genius of Bud Powell" (1956) v. #97 Hank Mobley, "Soul Station" (1960).

Very virtuosic piano playing in what I believe is called the "bop" style.  The cat could really find his way around a keyboard.  Yet the record doesn't especially move me.


This is some pretty sweet small-ensemble playing.  Mobley's saxophone leads are smooth and, yes, soulful, and there is a pleasant upbeat swing to the whole business.  Great rhythm section.  A very easy record to like.

Soul Station defeats The Genius of Bud Powell


Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

i have an in a silent way cassette in my car.

Michael5000 said...

Dr. Noisewater, if it were possible for my opinion of you to rise, it would have just now.