Hank Mobley in Vocalese

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How lyrical are Hank Mobley's tenor saxophone solos? Lyrical enough that singers seem to like putting words to them or just scatting along. Yesterday, I was on YouTube and found a bunch of Mobley warblers, many of whom chose songs from his 1960 album, Soul Station:

Here's Alexandra Baird, who set words to Mobley's This I Dig of You...



Here's Emanuele Maia, scatting along to Remember...



Here's Camille Bertault adding French lyrics to If I Should Lose You...



Here's Hannah Rodriguez singing Split Feelin'...



And here are a couple not from Soul Station. Here's Keren Goldsmith singing Mobley's solo on Nica's Dream from The Jazz Messengers (1956)...



And here's Joell Wilson, who was 11 at the time, scatting to Mobley's solo on Greasin' Easy, from his 1962 album, Workout...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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