Concert key: B-flat minor
Style: Medium groove
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Recording Information: Recorded on March 7, 1963, and first released on "Straight, No Filter" / Hank Mobley (Blue Note BST 84435).
- Trumpet - Donald Byrd
- Tenor Sax - Hank Mobley
- Piano - Herbie Hancock
- Bass - Butch Warren
- Drums - Philly Joe Jones
Description: The intro starts a call and response dialog in the rhythm section that sets up the melody call and response between horns and rhythm section. The repeating 16-measure melody moves into a shuffle for the B section. Hank wanted a full-voiced chordal approach from the piano and the then-youthful Herbie Hancock knew exactly what to give him. Therefore, in addition to a C treble clef lead sheet, we're making available a fully-voiced piano part a la Herbie Hancock.
Historical Notes: This is the fourth composition from Hank's March 7, 1963, session on jazzleadsheets.com. My goal is to supply different historical notes with each composition, and I realize that I haven't talked about the relationship between Hank and his sidemen on this session. By this time, Hank Mobley and Donald Byrd had a long playing and recording relationship; they'd been recording together since 1955. Throughout his life, Donald was instrumental in discovering, working with and nurturing new talent, and he'd already given Hank the opportunity to meet and record a couple of months earlier with his latest discovery, Herbie Hancock, on Donald's "A New Perspective" session (January 12, 1963).
Herbie had already recorded with Butch Warren, first on Donald Byrd's "Royal Flush" session (September 21, 1961). That led to Herbie inviting Butch for Herbie's first leader session ("Takin' Off" - May 28, 1962), followed by dates together with Stanley Turrentine and Grant Green before Donald's "New Perspective" date. All three were together on Jackie McLean's "Vertigo" session (February 11, 1963) which was recorded within a month of Hank's March session.
To give you a complete rhythm section perspective, this was not only Herbie's but also Butch Warren's first time in the recording studio with the veteran master drummer Philly Joe Jones. Jones already had a long and swinging history with both Hank and Donald.
I must also mention that I'm writing these notes soon after we lost Donald Byrd (December 9, 1932 - February 4, 2013). Byrd had an important relationship with Hank and with so many other musicians. He was also my mentor. I don't know if I ever would've had the guts to come to NYC had not Donald Byrd encouraged me to leave my hometown of Spokane, Washington, and come to New York.