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A Slice of the Top

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Released  1979
Artist  Hank Mobley
Producer  Alfred Lion
Genre  Jazz
Length  38:39
Release date  1979
Label  Blue Note Records
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Recorded  March 18, 1966 Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
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Similar  Hank Mobley albums, Jazz albums

A Slice of the Top is an album by jazz saxophonist Hank Mobley recorded on March 18, 1966, but not released on the Blue Note label until 1979. It features performances by Mobley with Lee Morgan, Kiane Zawadi, Howard Johnson, James Spaulding, McCoy Tyner, Bob Cranshaw and Billy Higgins with arrangements by Duke Pearson. On the original LP, Reggie Workman was mistakenly identified as the bassist.



The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars, stating: "Mobley, who continued to evolve into a more advanced player throughout the 1960s, fits right in with such adventurous players as altoist James Spaulding, trumpeter Lee Morgan (with whom Mobley recorded frequently), pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Billy Higgins. The inclusion of Kiane Zawadi on euphonium and Howard Johnson on tuba adds a lot of color to this memorable outing."

Track listing

All compositions by Hank Mobley except as indicated
  1. "Hank's Other Bag" – 7:12
  2. "There's a Lull In My Life" (Mack Gordon, Harry Revel) – 5:25
  3. "Cute 'N Pretty" – 7:36
  4. "A Touch of the Blues" – 8:46
  5. "A Slice of the Top" - 9:40


  • Hank Mobley — tenor saxophone, arranger
  • Kiane Zawadi — euphonium
  • Howard Johnson — tuba
  • James Spaulding — alto saxophone, flute
  • Lee Morgan — trumpet
  • McCoy Tyner — piano
  • Bob Cranshaw — bass
  • Billy Higgins — drums
  • Duke Pearson — arranger
  • Songs

    1Hank's Other Bag7:13
    2There's a Lull in My Life5:25
    3Cute 'n Pretty7:37


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