Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan - Peckin' Time (1958/2011) ISO SACD Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Artist: Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan
Title: Peckin' Time
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records | Analogue Productions
Release Date: 1958/2011
Quality: ISO SACD Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Recorded: February 9, 1958 at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey.
Mastered: AcousTech Mastering, Camarillo, California by Kevin Gray & Steve Hoffman.
"Peckin' Time rises to the top 10% of the Analogue Productions Blue Note SACD run. Call it classic plus one with acoustics to match. Give your other Peckin' Time editions to those you want to impress with your good taste, and invest in the release with the whole package..." - Jeff Krow, Audiophile Audition, September 2011
This hard-swinging February 9, 1958 date with Lee Morgan, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Charlie Persip was the last in a run of outstanding albums that Mobley and Morgan made for Blue Note in the two years prior.
Tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley was overshadowed by more influential tenors such as Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane during his career, but although he wasn't deliberately flashy or particularly innovative, his concisely measured, round sax tone made him the perfect ensemble player and he was a fine writer, as well, a talent who has often been undervalued and overlooked. The Peckin' Time session was recorded February 9, 1958 (the LP was issued a year later) and came in the midst of what was a period of whirlwind creativity for Mobley, who recorded work for the Savoy and Prestige imprints as well as six full albums for Blue Note (two were never released -- it was not that uncommon for Blue Note to stockpile sessions at the time) in a little more than a year's time (later Blue Note albums like Soul Station and Roll Call were still well in the future). For this session, Mobley found himself working with a young Lee Morgan on trumpet and in front of a fluid rhythm section that included pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Charlie Persip, and it's solid stuff, bright and always energetic. All but one of the tracks, a rendering of Kurt Weill's "Speak Low," were written by Mobley, and again, his hidden strength was always his writing, and it should probably come as no surprise that the best two tracks here, the title tune "Peckin' Time" and the wonderful "Stretchin' Out," were both penned by Mobley. It all adds up to a fine program, and if Mobley didn't push the envelope a whole lot, his lyrical and economical playing was always appropriate and graceful, and that's certainly the case here. --Steve Leggett
1 High And Flighty 6:05
2 Speak Low 7:08
3 Peckin' Time 6:49
4 Stretchin' Out 9:00
5 Git-Go Blues 12:24
6 High And Flighty (Alternate Take) 6:30
7 Speak Low (Alternate Take) 7:09
8 Stretchin' Out (Alternate Take) 6:46
Hank Mobley, tenor sax
Lee Morgan, trumpet
Wynton Kelly, piano
Paul Chambers, bass
Charlie Persip, drums
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