Soul Station

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Soul Station
Soul Station.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedEarly October 1960[1]
RecordedFebruary 7, 1960
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
GenreJazz, hard bop
LabelBlue Note
BLP 4031
BST 84031
ProducerAlfred Lion
Hank Mobley chronology
Another Monday Night at Birdland
Soul Station
Roll Call
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[3]

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 that followed this release, this is one of Mobley's best-known albums. Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio and rooted in the hard bop style, 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."[4] Awarding the album five stars, AllMusic reviewer Stacia Proefrock concluded: "Overall, this is a stellar set from one of the more underrated musicians of the bop era."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Hank Mobley, except where noted.

Side one[edit]

1."Remember"Irving Berlin5:41
2."This I Dig of You" 6:25
3."Dig Dis" 6:08

Side two[edit]

1."Split Feelin's" 4:55
2."Soul Station" 9:06
3."If I Should Lose You"Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin5:08



  1. ^ Billboard Oct 10, 1960
  2. ^ a b Soul Station at AllMusic
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 143. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ Bob Blumenthal. Soul Station. 1999, Blue Note Records 7243 4 95343 2 2, liner notes.