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Hank Mobley Quintet on Blue Note 1550

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Hank Mobley Quintet on Blue Note 1550

This original 1st pressing is in stunning condition.

This album represents all of the things that makes collecting vintage jazz vinyl such a fulfilling endeavor. It's awesome music wise. It's very rare and desirable. The condition is astounding. The cover art is iconic and oozes jazz from the era. And the cats on this great album all play with fire and express themselves in a beautiful way.

The line up is top notch with Mobley on tenor, the fantastic Art Farmer on trumpet, Horace Silver on piano, Doug Watkins on double bass and Art Blakey on drums.

I adore these early Blue Notes. The raw energy. Playing that comes straight from the gut. Everything has soul. It's a pure joy to listen to these albums.

The ballad "Fin de L'Affaire" is one of my favorite ballads. It's melancholic, smooth and beautiful. The opening tune "Funk In Deep Freeze" is another hot favorite. I love Art Farmers first few notes when he takes his solo in the beginning of that tune. The entire album is great with each of the tunes adding something special.

BLP 1550 is one of those titles I thought I would have to wait on a good while until I could find it. Sure, it took several years but it's so difficult to find and so desirable that I thought I would have to wait until my beard turned completely grey before a copy made it's way onto my shelves. Like I mentioned, the condition of this copy is simply amazing. Extremely well preserved. An archival copy. To be able to find such a copy of this title is most thrilling and deeply satisfying.

Vacation time is here in just a few weeks. It feels like this spring has just flown by. I haven't purchased a single record this year up to this point, except for this one back in January. All the dough has been put aside for the summer vacation. I hope I will be able to purchase some new vintage jazz albums very soon. As a vinyl junkie I've definitely felt the withdrawal symptoms of not buying an album for a while.

I'm curious about what you guys think of this album and which Mobley album in the 1500 series specifically is your favorite? While we're at it, name your top 5 Blue Note albums in the 1500 series. That should be interesting to read.

Take care and stay tuned for more superb vintage jazz wax from the 50's and 60's... Cheers!

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Afternoon listening: A beautiful day for some Hank Mobley

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Afternoon listening: A beautiful day for some Hank Mobley

Today I have some time by myself to listen to jazz. These are rare moments when I'm all alone, so I'm enjoying it to the full. I decided to put on Hank Mobley's "Hank" on Blue Note 1560. I haven't listened to this album on the new, updated system. It sounds phenomenal. The clarity of every possible detail when the band is playing is magical. It's a superb hard bop album. I've got a very clean copy which sounds as new. You could says it's a surreal feeling to put on this 50's original 1st pressing and having it sound as new. The jacket is also as new, just some beautiful patina giving away it's age.

Christmas will soon be here, with some days off work. Looking forward to that. This time of the year is actually one of my favorite times, cause I love Christmas. I love the food and the drinks and being with my family. I will try and find some quality time to relax with some more jazz then as well. A glass of some Christmas ale and a few candles and maybe some Chet Baker or something...

It's been a great moment to soak up some jazz on vinyl. Have a nice Sunday and stay tuned for more rare pieces.

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Hank Mobley on BLP 1560

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Hank Mobley on BLP 1560

A truly great and rare vintage jazz vinyl LP.

Beautiful is the condition of this copy. An original 1st pressing of BLP 1560 in M-/M- condition is very rare. This copy is superb, the sound is great and the tunes are all hard bop at it's best. I love Philly Joe Jones drumming on this one. He's always great though. This is the legendary collector/dealer Leon Leavitt's own personal copy. An amazing example of a truly great, rare Blue Note. The personnel on this one is stellar, with Mobley on the tenor, John Jenkins on the alto, Donald Byrd on the trumpet, Bobby Timmons on the piano, Wilbur Ware on the bass and Philly Joe Jones on the drums.

This is quite a catch and is one of my latest acquisitions. My collection of Blue Notes is growing slowly but surely. Some really big titles has been crossed of the list. This is one of the hardest ones to find and I'm happy to have been able to add this to the collection. I wonder how much this copy would be worth in 10 years. I think all rare Blue Notes are going to rise in value in the coming years. It just feels that way right now. That's not important to me though, as I'm playing and enjoying them just for myself, and I'm never going to sell any of them.

Are there any other lucky cats out there owning an original copy of this one? If so, please share. I just received this one and two other extremely nice LP's last week. I've listen to all of them and they are in amazing condition. I will of course put the other ones up here on the site later as well.

Stay tuned for more superb vintage jazz vinyl treasures.

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Hank Mobley with Donald Byrd and Lee Morgan on BLP 1540

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Hank Mobley with Donald Byrd and Lee Morgan on BLP 1540

A nice Lexington label Blue Note that will not disappoint.

High energy blowing session with Hank Mobley joined by two of the greatest trumpet players of the golden era, namely Donald Byrd and Lee Morgan. As you've probably already gathered by now, I love jazz trumpet and Lee Morgan in particular, which makes this LP a real treat for me. It's one of those beautiful, early Blue Notes with the famous Lexington labels and the vinyl weighs a ton. All the other attributes which a 1st pressing should have are also there. It has got the wonderful coated frame cover as well. All the things that makes collecting original 1st pressing Blue Notes such a lovely thing. You can really feel the history breathing when you play and hold this historical artifact. A great feeling.

This LP is very rare. Quite difficult to find in it's original form with the coated frame cover present as well. My copy is in great condition and sounds awesome. I'm playing it right now. It's been a while since I last put it on the turntable. It's a great record. You feel happy when you listen to these tunes. Hank Mobley is truly one of the great tenor saxophonists. His tone is smooth, dark and luscious. Like a high cocoa content piece of dark chocolate. You just sip some bourbon, enjoy these amazing artists and let them take you away to a distant place.

All tunes are very enjoyable. I dig "Barrel of Funk" a lot, as it plays at this moment in the background. The personnel on this LP are absolutely outstanding. Hank Mobley on tenor sax, Donald Byrd and Lee Morgan on trumpets, Horace Silver on piano, Paul Chambers on double bass and the fantastic Charlie Persip on drums. Could it get better than that? You'd be hard pressed to find a tighter ensemble.

This is a LP from the era that you would want in your collection, no doubt. Straight forward hard bop at it's finest. Check it out if you haven't already.

Really looking forward to add some new pieces to the collection, but they will have to wait a bit, but not very long. I have some really nice stuff coming up. Really good music. Really rare.

More beautiful pieces from my collection are coming up, so as always, stay tuned. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know your opinion on this album or anything else. Cheers!

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