A Slice of the Top

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A Slice of the Top
A Slice of the Top LP.jpg
Studio album by Hank Mobley
Released 1979
Recorded March 18, 1966
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 38:39
Label Blue Note
LT 995
Producer Alfred Lion
Hank Mobley chronology
A Caddy for Daddy
(1965)A Caddy for Daddy1965
A Slice of the Top
Straight No Filter
(1966)Straight No Filter1966
Alternative cover
1995 limited CD reissue
1995 limited CD reissue

A Slice of the Top is an album by jazz saxophonist Hank Mobley recorded on March 18, 1966, but not released on the Blue Note label until 1979. It features performances by Mobley with Lee Morgan, Kiane Zawadi, Howard Johnson, James Spaulding, McCoy Tyner, Bob Cranshaw and Billy Higgins with arrangements by Duke Pearson. On the original LP, Reggie Workman was mistakenly identified as the bassist.


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars, stating: "Mobley, who continued to evolve into a more advanced player throughout the 1960s, fits right in with such adventurous players as altoist James Spaulding, trumpeter Lee Morgan (with whom Mobley recorded frequently), pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Billy Higgins. The inclusion of Kiane Zawadi on euphonium and Howard Johnson on tuba adds a lot of color to this memorable outing."[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Hank Mobley except as indicated
  1. "Hank's Other Bag" – 7:12
  2. "There's a Lull In My Life" (Mack Gordon, Harry Revel) – 5:25
  3. "Cute 'N Pretty" – 7:36
  4. "A Touch of the Blues" – 8:46
  5. "A Slice of the Top" - 9:40



  1. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review, accessed November 18, 2011
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 143. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.