Hank Mobley Soul Station on Limited Edition 180g LP Commemorative 75th Anniversary Series from Music Matters featuring 12 of the Very Best Blue Note Releases in the Original 33 RPM Format Remastered from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio If the title of "Mr. Blue Note" had been given out to a performer, tenor-saxophonist Hank Mobley would have been its recipient. Mobley's smooth tone and style defined the hard bop era. He put plenty of emotion and intensity into every note he played. During 1955-70, Blue Note's greatest years, Mobley led 25 Blue Note albums and appeared as a sideman on a countless number of others. Originally a pianist, he switched permanently to tenor when he was 16. After playing R&B during 1949-51, he gained a strong reputation during important associations with Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver and especially the original version of the Jazz Messengers. Soul Station, a quartet gem from 1960, is unusual for Hank in that for the first time since his 1955 debut his is the only horn. Mobley heads a group that includes pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Art Blakey; needless to say, a stellar rhythm section. This album features Hank Mobley at the peak of his powers, taking lengthy solos full of passion and drive, balancing exciting ideas with a thoughtful approach. His four originals include his most famous composition, "This I Dig Of You," which he squeezes for every ounce of its expressive power. Hank plays with heartbreaking lyricism on the two standards "If I Should Lose You and “Remember” and creates masterful statements throughout this essential set. If proof were ever needed of Hank Mobley's greatness, Soul Station is perfect evidence! All New Mastering: While Music Matters wanted to use the original 33rpm format to honor the 75 years since Blue Note was founded in 1939, they did not want to sacrifice sonically, because only the very best sound can fully reveal the exquisite subtleties contained in this music. Consequently, over the past several years they have worked tirelessly with Cohearent Audio, and dedicated themselves to improvements in every area of the mastering process. Nothing was spared to make these the definitive 33RPM Blue Note reissues. With an additional 75K worth of studio upgrades, featuring all WEL Signature Audioquest cable and an all new class A front end, the results will become apparent when you listen to these exceptional recordings. These studio upgrades have reached a point where they are now confident that the 33 rpm format will not only honor the originals, but also fully present the sonic wonders contained on these master tapes. So now, as we look to 2014 to help celebrate the 75th anniversary of Blue Note records, Music Matters has hand picked what they think are some of the finest offerings on the label, all from the original master tapes. These recordings will be offered at 33RPM just as they were originally manufactured by the label. Quality Jackets and Session Photos: Music Matters will still feature their original gatefold jackets and sessions photos in these new releases. All jackets have been painstakingly recreated using the original Francis Wolf cover images, session photos, and original pantone colors where applicable-exactly like our acclaimed 45RPM series. Musicians: Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone) Wynton Kelly (piano) Paul Chambers (bass) Art Blakey (drums) Features: • Remastered from the original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note master tapes • Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio • Pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl LPs by RTI • Ultra-durable, extra thick album jackets • Gatefold album with session photos in stunning high resolution Hank Mobley Soul Station Listing: 1. Remember 2. This I Dig of You 3. Dig Dis 4. Split Feelin's 5. Soul Station 6. If I Should Lose You

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