Premiere: Listen to a Track from ‘Soul Station,’ Eli Degibri’s Tribute to Hank Mobley


Eli Degibri’s tribute to Hank Mobley, Soul Station, is due out Oct. 5.

(Photo: Yossi Zwecker)

Tel Aviv’s Eli Degibri aims to recapture the spirit of Hank Mobely’s album Soul Station with a tribute disc of the same name.

The seven-track album, set to be issued Oct. 5 on the saxophonist’s Degibri Records, recasts the original program and adds “Dear Hank,” a personal homage from the bandleader to one of his heroes.

“‘Dear Hank’—this was a significant change and experiment for me,” said Degibri, who’s played with Herbie Hancock, Al Foster and others during his career. “I tried to get into Hank’s head and to imagine how he would be composing if he was alive today.”

A video for the original composition is premiered below.

The six other cuts on Degibri’s tribute display the saxophonist’s command of his instrument, as well as his skills as an arranger. This imaginative recording provides a convincing case for the enduring power of swing and soul. DB

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