Hank Mobley: “Dig Dis”

8 Jan

Judge Hank Mobley by the company he kept. Often overlooked, he recorded with Blakey, Dizzy, Roach, Morgan, Silver, Tyner, etc. Played with Miles, but the two clashed. Lung problems forced his early retirement and premature death at 55 in 1986. After his death came a revisionist appreciation. One critic: “What kept (him) in the shadows was an absence of the personal drive required to become a “star.”

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