Breakthrough! (album)

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Breakthrough! Cobblestone.jpg
Studio album by Cedar Walton/Hank Mobley Quintet
Released April 1972[1]
Recorded February 22, 1972
Genre Jazz
Label Cobblestone / Muse
Hank Mobley chronology
Thinking of Home
Cedar Walton chronology
Soul Cycle
A Night At Boomers, Vol. 1
Muse Records Cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Breakthrough! is an album by the Cedar Walton/Hank Mobley Quintet recorded on February 22, 1972, originally released on the short-lived Cobblestone label and rereleased on the Muse label. It features performances by Hank Mobley and Cedar Walton with Charles Davis, Sam Jones and Billy Higgins and would be Mobley's final studio recording before he retired due to lung problems.


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states "As strong as pianist Cedar Walton plays on his session, the main honors are taken by two of his sidemen. Tenor-saxophonist Hank Mobley, whose career was about to go into a complete eclipse, is in brilliant form, showing how much he had grown since his earlier days. Baritonist Charles Davis, who too often through the years has been used as merely a section player, keeps up with Mobley and engages in a particularly memorable tradeoff on the lengthy title cut. Mobley is well-showcased on "Summertime," Davis switches successfully to soprano on "Early Morning Stroll," and Walton (with the trio) somehow turns the "Theme From Love Story" into jazz. Highly recommended".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Break Through" (Hank Mobley) - 10:38
  2. "Sabiá" (Chico Buarque, Antonio Carlos Jobim) - 4:15
  3. "House on Maple Street" (Cedar Walton) - 6:42
  4. "(Where Do I Begin?) Love Story" (Francis Lai, Carl Sigman) - 6:13
  5. "Summertime" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) - 7:41
  6. "Early Morning Stroll" (Mobley) - 8:07
  • Recorded in NYC on February 22, 1972



  1. ^ Billboard Apr 29, 1972
  2. ^ Allmusic Review
  3. ^ Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed 1 August 2009