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Album Review

These four sides should not be hard to locate, as the primary participants in this November 30, 1956, session have all issued them within their individual catalogs. However Tenor Conclave was first released as credited to the "leaderless" Prestige All-Stars — consisting of tenor saxophonists John Coltrane, Hank Mobley, Al Cohn, and Zoot Sims. Providing support are pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Art Taylor. The Mobley-penned title track commences the effort with the quartet of tenors showing off their stuff in high-flying style. It takes a couple of passes and somewhat of a trained ear to be able to link the players with their contributions, but as is often the case, the whole tends to be greater than the sum of the parts. After a brief introduction with all four rapidly reeling off short riffs, Mobley charges ahead into truly inspired territory. The midtempo take of "Just You, Just Me" keeps things lively with a light swinging pace that is custom-made for bringing the combo's jocular side to the surface, particularly toward the end as they "trade fours," with each tenor blowing four bars before passing the melody on. The other Mobley composition is "Bob's Boys," and by all accounts it is the most compelling piece on the outing. The blues-based tune rollicks as Coltrane, Mobley, Cohn, and Sims find themselves configured in a seeming myriad of sonic face-offs. Wrapping up Tenor Conclave is an ultra-cool and sophisticated "How Deep Is the Ocean?" Cohn commences the long and luscious reading with a subtle strength, suggesting the powerful undercurrent flowing throughout the number. Also, listeners are treated to what is possibly Garland's finest interaction, leading right into Sims, Chambers, and finally a sublime Coltrane caboose.

Customer Reviews

Too expensive!

I love this record to death, but I really regret that it's offered here at full price, which will drive away all but diehard jazz fans. Come on, it was made 51 years ago and all of these guys are long gone--why do you have to soak the last dime out of it, iTunes? Lower the price to something reasonable. It will encourage more people to give it a try.

A Definitive Jazz Album

This album represents one of the truly revolutionary jazz recordings ever produced in the history of jazz. Bringing together 4 unique stylistic virtuosos, John Coltrane, Hank Mobley, Al Cohn and Zoot Sims, all bring marketable talents to the table collectively. Individually, their superior styles, at first, are difficult to discern, but as you listen further you'll appreciate the quartet for what they bring together; solid solos. This album takes committment, but you won't be disappointed. It was truly a pleasure to see this hard to find CD appear and in researching the album, you'll quickly realize that it is a definite must have. Pour yourself a stiff cocktail, with plenty of ice and as the drink dillutes, you will soon thank yourself for this purchase!!

Phenomenal Jazz

Truly incredible jazz from some of the greatest musicians of any time. All four tracks are excellent and worth listening to multiple times. Highly recommended


Born: July 7, 1930 in Eastman, GA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

One of the Blue Note label's definitive hard bop artists, tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley remains somewhat underappreciated for his straightforward, swinging style. Any characterization of Mobley invariably begins with critic Leonard Feather's assertion that he was the "middleweight champion of the tenor saxophone," meaning that his tone wasn't as aggressive and thick as John Coltrane or Sonny Rollins, but neither was it as soft and cool as Stan Getz or Lester Young. Instead, Mobley's in-between, "round"...
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