Hank Mobley – Soul Station

Soul Station

Hank MobleySoul Station Blue Note BLP 4031 (1960)

If you like your jazz by the book, then Hank Mobley is your man.  I came to Soul Station while reading various books about Ornette Coleman.  People quoted in those books emphasized how Ornette pioneered ways to put more individualistic personality into jazz songs.  Mobley is, in many ways, precisely the opposite.  This album is about as devoid of personality as they come.  This is more gregarious in a way.  Fair, but utterly forgettable.