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Hank Mobley ‘A Caddy for Daddy’

Overlooked by me for a long time and infrequently discussed in the company of Mobley’s classic records, this record has more than meets the eye. When I first ran across it as a record store clerk, several things were true:
A) I was a prog rock snob
B) I had a solid academic knowledge of jazz players, albums and labels, but ZERO context in regards to relative quality
C) Working in a second-hand record shop back then was a little like having Spotify 35 years before everybody else—more music to sample then time to listen. It went long unheard…
Well, better late than never! Following the Sidewinder Manifesto (Lee Morgan on trumpet almost deserves equal billing across the whole record), it kicks off with a solid boogaloo track, then moves into the album highlight “The Morning After”, an almost Coltrane-ish affair. If you’re listening digitally, hit this track first. Not that the opening title track is bad, but “The Morning After” is WAY more interesting. Curtis Fuller’s trombone is splendid! Hot on its heels is Wayne Shorter’s “Venus Di Mildew”, a thinking-person’s waltz that swings a little to hard to be analytical, yet at the same time it’s brainy enough to make you forget your feet. Side two veers back to the kind of hard bop that a frontline like Mobley/Morgan/Fuller do so well, with Tyner providing quite a bit of extra chutzpah. Bob Cranshaw is ever solid on bass and Billy Higgins CRUSHES it left and right, with his cymbal work cutting through particularly well on the recording. I had unfairly lumped this record in with some of Mobley’s “less essential”. Bad Syd. Good record. Recorded this day 1965