American jazz musician, tenor sax player Hank Mobley was born July 7, 1930 (d. 1986, complications of lung disease). Mobley helped shape the hard-bop sound in the late 50s, but was laid-back in comparison with Coltrane and Rollins which made him less of an influence for later players. His 20+ Blue Note albums are an important record of this phase in jazz music…

Hank Mobley: Caroline (Lee Morgan) - from No Room For Squares, 1963

Personnel: Hank Mobley – tenor saxophone; Lee Morgan – trumpet; Andrew Hill – piano; John Ore – bass; Philly Joe Jones – drum

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Eric Dolphy (June 20, 1928 – 1964) was an American jazz alto saxophonist, flautist, and bass clarinetist. Dolphy was one of several groundbreaking jazz alto players to rise to prominence in the 1960s. He was also the first important bass clarinet soloist in jazz, and among the earliest significant flute soloists…

Eric Dolphy: Softly as in a Morning Sunrise - from The Illinois Concert, rec. 1963, rel. 1999

Personnel: Eric Dolphy (Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Flute); Herbie Hancock (Piano); Eddie Khan (Bass); J.C. Moses (Drums)

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Extraordinary Danish jazz bassist, Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen, affectionately known as NHØP, was born May 27, 1946 (d. 2005, sudden heart failure).

NHØP played with everyone who came through Europe, including Ben Webster, Bill Evans, Brew Moore, Bud Powell, Count Basie, Roy Eldridge, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Jackie McLean, Roland Kirk, Sonny Rollins, and vocalist Ella Fitzgerald.

In addition he toured for many years with Oscar Peterson’s trio, and during visits to the United States, he also contributed to avant-garde recordings with Anthony Braxton, Albert Ayler, and Archie Shepp…

Philip Catherine (guitar)  Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (bass): Little Anna - from Spanish Nights, 1992

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