Hank Mobley, Al Cohn, John Coltrane & Zoot Sims - Tenor Conclave 1957 [Kevin Gray Mono Remaster] (2014)
Artist: Hank Mobley, Al Cohn, John Coltrane & Zoot Sims
Title Of Album: Tenor Conclave
Year Of Release: 1957/2014
Label: Analogue Productions / CPRJ-7074SA
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop
Total Time: 44:01 min
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 105 mb / 232 mb
1956's Tenor Conclave features four unique tenor saxophone greats from disparate "schools" of jazz joining forces including none other than
John Coltrane, Hank Mobley, Al Cohn and Zoot Sims. With the fantastic Red Garland Trio holding down the rhythm section, the one-of-a-kind collective finds common ground and then some here on two Mobley originals and a pair of old standards.
Released in conjunction with Analogue ProductionsвЂ™ Prestige Mono Series,.
However Tenor Conclave was first released as credited to the "leaderless" Prestige All-Stars -- consisting of tenor saxophonists John Coltrane, Hank Mobley, Al Cohn, and Zoot Sims. Providing support are pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Art Taylor. The Mobley-penned title track commences the effort with the quartet of tenors showing off their stuff in high-flying style. It takes a couple of passes and somewhat of a trained ear to be able to link the players with their contributions, but as is often the case, the whole tends to be greater than the sum of the parts. After a brief introduction with all four rapidly reeling off short riffs, Mobley charges ahead into truly inspired territory. The midtempo take of "Just You, Just Me" keeps things lively with a light swinging pace that is custom-made for bringing the combo's jocular side to the surface, particularly toward the end as they "trade fours," with each tenor blowing four bars before passing the melody on.
The other Mobley composition is "Bob's Boys," and by all accounts it is the most compelling piece on the outing. The blues-based tune rollicks as Coltrane, Mobley, Cohn, and Sims find themselves configured in a seeming myriad of sonic face-offs. Wrapping up Tenor Conclave is an ultra-cool and sophisticated "How Deep Is the Ocean?" Cohn commences the long and luscious reading with a subtle strength, suggesting the powerful undercurrent flowing throughout the number. Also, listeners are treated to what is possibly Garland's finest interaction, leading right into Sims, Chambers, and finally a sublime Coltrane caboose.
1.Bob's boys (8:16)
2.Just you, just me (9:35)
3.Tenor conclave (11:01)
4.How deep is the Ocean (15:03)
John Coltrane, tenor sax
Hank Mobley, tenor sax
Al Cohn, tenor sax
Zoot Sims, tenor sax
Red Garland, piano
Paul Chambers, bass
Art Taylor, drums
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