One of Jazz’s Most Underrated Saxophonists: Hank Mobley

Aaron Gilbreath
20 min readJan 4, 2020

When my coworker Robert heard that I was getting into jazz, he brought a CD into work for me. “You need this,” he said smiling. He slid the jewel case across the dusty top of my computer terminal. It was Hank Mobley’s Soul Station.

Set against a black background, beneath three rows of simple text, Mobley’s face and shoulders hovered in the center of the album cover, a…

Aaron Gilbreath

Essayist, Journalist, Burritoist. Longreads Editor. Writing: Harper’s, NYT, Slate, Paris Review, VQR, Oxford American, Kenyon Review. 3 nonfiction books.