Soul Station

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Soul Station
Studio album by Hank Mobley
Released 1960
Recorded February 7, 1960
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz, Hard Bop
Length 37:23
Label Blue Note
BLP 4031
BST 84031
Producer Alfred Lion
Hank Mobley chronology
Peckin' Time
(1958)
Soul Station
(1960)
Roll Call
(1960)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]

Soul Station is an album by jazz saxophonist Hank Mobley, released in 1960 on Blue Note Records, catalogue BLP 4031. Along with Roll Call, the LP which followed this release, this is one of Mobley's best-known albums. Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio and rooted in the hard bop idiom, Mobley's quartet features his past bandleader in the Jazz Messengers, Art Blakey, and two future bandmates from his time in the Miles Davis Quintet, Wynton Kelly and Paul Chambers. The album's bookends are two standards, "Remember" by Irving Berlin and "If I Should Lose You" by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin. Between these standards are four new Mobley compositions, featuring the bluesy title track and the uptempo "This I Dig of You."

In the liner notes to the Rudy Van Gelder CD edition, longtime jazz critic and author Bob Blumenthal explains how the album is understood to be, for Mobley, what Saxophone Colossus or Giant Steps were for Sonny Rollins or John Coltrane respectively. Blumenthal goes on to describe the recording as "one of the finest programs of music on Blue Note or any other label."[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Remember"   Irving Berlin 5:41
2. "This I Dig of You"   Hank Mobley 6:25
3. "Dig Dis"   Hank Mobley 6:08

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Split Feelin's"   Hank Mobley 4:55
2. "Soul Station"   Hank Mobley 9:06
3. "If I Should Lose You"   Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin 5:08

Personnel[edit]

Production personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Soul Station at AllMusic
  2. ^ Bob Blumenthal. Soul Station. 1999, Blue Note Records 7243 4 95343 2 2, liner notes.