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Watch the Hank and I online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from 50 Jazz-Blues Licks You MUST Know

Boy, do I love Hank Mobley. I first got hip to him when someone played me "Uh Huh" from the 1964 album Workout. It’s one of the zillion and a half Blue Note records Grant Green played on in the 1960s, and generally considered one of Mobley’s best efforts. Which is saying something, as Mobley’s records tend to feature the cream of the Blue Note stable, musicians like Lee Morgan, Green, Wynton Kelly and Art Blakey, and the material ranges from blues-based material and other funky originals to well-chosen standards.

From a learning perspective, Mobley’s a great one to listen to, as he favors a famously "round" tone and clean, uncluttered lines, articulately delivered with an incessantly swinging feel. You can hear more of Mobley with the early '60s Miles Davis quintet (he's on Live at the Blackhawk and Someday My Prince Will Come), with Lee Morgan, and on his own numerous albums as a leader, including the fabulously titled "No Room For Squares" (whatever you think of John Mayer, that guy obviously listens to good music in his spare time).