Breakthrough! is an album by the Cedar Walton/Hank Mobley Quintet recorded on February 22, 1972, originally released on the short-lived Cobblestone label and later reissued on Muse. It features performances by Mobley and Walton with baritone saxophonist Charles Davis, bassist Sam Jones, and Mobley’s longtime drummer Billy Higgins. This was Mobley’s final studio recording before retiring due to health issues.

The Cedar Walton / Hank Mobley Quintet – Breakthrough
Label: Cobblestone – CST 9011
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Repress
Country: US
Released: 2014
Genre: Jazz
Style:Hard Bop

A1 Breakthrough 10:33
A2 Sabia 4:10
A3 House On Maple Street 6:33
B1 Theme From Love Story 6:09
B2 Summertime 7:36
B3 Early Morning Stroll 7:59




Cedar Anthony Walton, Jr. (January 17, 1934 – August 19, 2013) was an American hard bop jazz pianist. He came to prominence as a member of drummer Art Blakey’s band, The Jazz Messengers, before establishing a long career as a bandleader and composer. Several of his compositions have become jazz standards, including “Mosaic”, “Bolivia”, “Holy Land”, “Mode for Joe” and “Fantasy in D”.

As leader/co-leader
1967: Cedar! (Prestige)
1968: Spectrum (Prestige)
1969: The Electric Boogaloo Song (Prestige)
1969: Soul Cycle (Prestige)
1972: Breakthrough! (Cobblestone) with Hank Mobley
1973: A Night at Boomers, Vol. 1 (Muse)
1973: A Night at Boomers, Vol. 2 (Muse)
1974: Firm Roots (Muse)
1974: Pit Inn (East Wind)
1975: Mobius (RCA)
1976: The Pentagon (East Wind)
1976: Beyond Mobius (RCA)
1977: First Set (SteepleChase)
1977: Second Set (SteepleChase)
1977: Third Set (SteepleChase)
1978: Animation (Columbia)
1979: Charmed Circle (HighNote)
1980: Soundscapes (Columbia)
1980: The Maestro (Muse) with Abbey Lincoln
1981: Piano Solos (Clean Cuts)
1981: Heart & Soul (Timeless) with Ron Carter
1982: Among Friends (Theresa)
1983: The All American Trio (Baystate) with Ron Carter and Jack DeJohnette
1985: Cedar’s Blues (Red)
1985: The Trio 1 (Red)
1985: The Trio 2 (Red)
1985: The Trio 3 (Red)
1985: Cedar Walton (Timeless)
1985: Bluesville Time (Criss Cross)
1986: Blues for Myself (Red)
1986: Cedar Walton Plays (Delos)
1988: Standards with the VIP Trio (California Breeze)
1988: Standards Vol 2 with the VIP Trio (California Breeze)
1990: Duo (Red) with David Williams [also released as Off Minor]
1990: As Long as There’s Music (Muse [1993])
1992: Cedar Walton at Maybeck (Concord Jazz)
1992: Manhattan Afternoon (Criss Cross)
1996: Composer (Astor Place)
1997: Roots (Astor Place)
2001: The Promise Land (HighNote)
2002: Latin Tinge (HighNote)
2005: Underground Memoirs (HighNote)
2005: Midnight Waltz (Venus)
2006: One Flight Down (HighNote)
2008: Seasoned Wood (HighNote)
2009: Voices Deep Within (HighNote)
2010: Cedar Chest (HighNote)
2010: Song of Delilah (Venus)
2011: The Bouncer (HighNote)
With Eastern Rebellion

1975: Eastern Rebellion (Timeless) with George Coleman, Sam Jones & Billy Higgins
1977: Eastern Rebellion 2 (Timeless) with Bob Berg, Sam Jones & Billy Higgins
1979: Eastern Rebellion 3 (Timeless) with Curtis Fuller, Bob Berg, Sam Jones & Billy Higgins
1983: Eastern Rebellion 4 (Timeless) with Curtis Fuller, Bob Berg, Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros, David Williams & Billy Higgins
1990: Mosaic (MusicMasters) with Ralph Moore, David Williams & Billy Higgins
1992: Simple Pleasure (MusicMasters) with Ralph Moore, David Williams & Billy Higgins
1994: Just One of Those… Nights at the Village Vanguard (MusicMasters) with Ralph Moore, David Williams & Billy Higgins
With the Timeless All Stars

1982: It’s Timeless (Timeless)
1983: Timeless Heart (Timeless)
1986: Essence (Delos)
1991: Time for the Timeless All Stars (Early Bird)
As sideman
With Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt

God Bless Jug and Sonny (Prestige, 1973 2001)
Left Bank Encores (Prestige, 1973 2001)
With Art Blakey

Mosaic (Blue Note, 1961)
Three Blind Mice (Blue Note, 1962)
Caravan (Riverside, 1963)
Ugetsu (Riverside, 1963)
Buhaina’s Delight (Blue Note, 1963)
Free for All (Blue Note, 1964)
Kyoto (Riverside, 1964)
Indestructible (Blue Note, 1964)
Golden Boy (Colpix, 1964)
Buhaina (Prestige, 1973)
Anthenagin (Prestige, 1973)
With Ray Brown

Something for Lester (Contemporary, 1977)
With Kenny Burrell

Sunup to Sundown (Contemporary, 1991)
With Donald Byrd

Slow Drag (Blue Note, 1967)
Blackjack (Blue Note, 1968)
With Benny Carter

Elegy in Blue (MusicMasters, 1994)
With Joe Chambers

The Almoravid (Muse, 1974)
With Junior Cook

Somethin’s Cookin’ (Muse, 1981)
With Ornette Coleman

Broken Shadows (Columbia, 1972 1982])
With Johnny Coles

Katumbo (Dance) (Mainstream, 1971)
With John Coltrane

Giant Steps (Atlantic, 1959) [alternate takes]
With Larry Coryell

Cedars of Avalon (HighNote, 2002)
With Sonny Criss

Up, Up and Away (Prestige, 1967)
The Beat Goes On! (Prestige, 1968)
With Kenny Dorham

This Is the Moment! (Riverside, 1958)
Blue Spring (Riverside, 1959; with Cannonball Adderley)
With Teddy Edwards

It’s All Right! (Prestige, 1967)
With Art Farmer

The Time and the Place (Columbia, 1967)
The Art Farmer Quintet Plays the Great Jazz Hits (Columbia, 1967)
Homecoming (Mainstream, 1971)
Yesterday’s Thoughts (East Wind, 1975)
To Duke with Love (East Wind, 1975)
The Summer Knows (East Wind, 1976)
Art Farmer Quintet at Boomers (East Wind, 1976)
With Curtis Fuller

Soul Trombone (Impulse!, 1961)
Smokin’ (Mainstream, (1972)
With Benny Golson

Take a Number from 1 to 10 (Argo, 1961)
This Is for You, John (Timeless, 1983 (1987)
With Dexter Gordon

Tangerine (Prestige, 1972 (1975)
Generation (Prestige, (1972)
Gotham City (Columbia, (1980) (1981)
With Johnny Griffin

Bush Dance (Galaxy, 1978)
With Steve Grossman

Love Is the Thing (Red, 1985)
A Small Hotel (Dreyfus Jazz, 1993)
With Slide Hampton

Roots (Criss Cross, 1985)
With Eddie Harris

Cool Sax from Hollywood to Broadway (Columbia, 1964)
The In Sound (Atlantic, 1965)
Mean Greens (Atlantic, 1966)
The Tender Storm (Atlantic, 1966)
Excursions (Atlantic, 1966–73)
How Can You Live Like That? (Atlantic, 1976)
With Jimmy Heath

The Quota (Riverside, 1961)
Triple Threat (Riverside, 1962)
With Joe Henderson

Mode for Joe (Blue Note, 1966)
With Billy Higgins

Soweto (Red, 1979)
The Soldier (Timeless, 1979 [1981)
Once More (Red, 1980)
Bridgework (Contemporary, 1987)
Billy Higgins Quintet (Sweet Basil, 1993)
With Freddie Hubbard

Hub Cap (Blue Note, 1961)
Here to Stay (Blue Note, 1962 [1979)
The Body & the Soul (Impulse!, 1963)
Bolivia (Musicmasters, 1991)
With Bobby Hutcherson

Highway One (Columbia, 1978)
Farewell Keystone (Evidence, 1982 (1992)
With Milt Jackson

Milt Jackson at the Museum of Modern Art (Limelight, 1965)
Born Free (Limelight, 1966)
Milt Jackson and the Hip String Quartet (Verve, 1968)
Goodbye (CTI, 1973)
Olinga (CTI, 1974)
Milt Jackson at the Kosei Nenkin (Pablo, 1976)
Bags’ Bag (Pablo, 1979)
It Don’t Mean a Thing If You Can’t Tap Your Foot to It (Pablo, 1984)
Reverence and Compassion (Warner Bros., 1993)
With Etta James

Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday (RCA Victor, 1994)
Time After Time (RCA Victor, 1995)
12 Songs of Christmas (Private Music, 1998)
Blue Gardenia (Private Music, 2001)
With The Jazztet (Art Farmer and Benny Golson)

Big City Sounds (Argo, 1960)
The Jazztet and John Lewis (Argo, 1961)
The Jazztet at Birdhouse (Argo, 1961)
Voices All (Eastworld, 1982)
With Bjorn Johansen

Take One (Odin, 1987)
With J. J. Johnson

Really Livin’ (Columbia, 1959)
J.J. Inc. (Columbia, 1961)
With Etta Jones

Save Your Love for Me (Muse, 1980)
With Philly Joe Jones

Advance! (Galaxy, 1978)
Drum Song (Galaxy, 1978 [1985)
With Sam Jones

Seven Minds (East Wind, 1974)
Something in Common (Muse, 1977)
With Clifford Jordan

Spellbound (Riverside, 1960)
Starting Time (Jazzland, 1961)
Bearcat (Jazzland, 1962)
These are My Roots: Clifford Jordan Plays Leadbelly (Atlantic, 1965)
Glass Bead Games (Strata-East, 1974)
Half Note (SteepleChase, 1974 [1985)
Night of the Mark VII (Muse, 1975)
On Stage Vol. 1 (SteepleChase, 1975 [1977)
On Stage Vol. 2 (SteepleChase, 1975 [1978)
On Stage Vol. 3 (SteepleChase, 1975 [1979)
Firm Roots (Steeplechase, 1975)
The Highest Mountain (Steeplechase, 1975)
With Kimiko Kasai

Kimiko Is Here (CBS/Sony, 1974)
Kimiko Kasai (Kittye, 1990)
With Eric Kloss

First Class Kloss! (Prestige, 1967)
With Abbey Lincoln

Abbey Is Blue (Riverside, 1959)
With Pat Martino

Strings! (Prestige, 1967)
With Christian McBride

New York Time (Chesky, 2006)
With Charles McPherson

From This Moment On! (Prestige, 1968)
Horizons (Prestige, 1968)
With Blue Mitchell

The Cup Bearers (Riverside, 1962)
Boss Horn (Blue Note, 1966)
Stratosonic Nuances (RCA, 1975)
Summer Soft (Impulse!, 1977)
With Frank Morgan

Easy Living (Contemporary, 1985)
Lament (Contemporary, 1986)
Bebop Lives! (Contemporary, 1987)
Love, Lost & Found (Telarc, 1995)
With Lee Morgan

Caramba! (Blue Note, 1968)
The Sixth Sense (Blue Note, 1968)
Sonic Boom (Blue Note, 1967)
With David “Fathead” Newman

Resurgence! (Muse, 1981)
Davey Blue (HighNote, 2002)
Diamondhead (HighNote, 1988)
With Houston Person

Chocomotive (Prestige, 1967)
Trust in Me (Prestige, 1967)
Blue Odyssey (Prestige, 1968)
Broken Windows, Empty Hallways (Prestige, 1972)
The Big Horn (Muse, 1976 [1979])
Very PERSONal (Muse, 1980)
Naturally (HighNote, 2012)
With Dave Pike

Pike’s Groove (Criss Cross Jazz, 1986)
With Sonny Red

The Mode (Jazzland, 1961)
Sonny Red (Mainstream, 1971)
With Woody Shaw

Setting Standards (Muse, 1983)
With Archie Shepp

For Losers (Impulse!, 1969)
Kwanza (Impulse!, 1969)
With James Spaulding

James Spaulding Plays the Legacy of Duke Ellington (Storyville, 1977)
With Idrees Sulieman

Now Is the Time (SteepleChase, 1976)
With Jay Thomas

Easy Does It (Discovery, 1985)
With Lucky Thompson

Goodbye Yesterday (Groove Merchant, 1973)
Concert: Friday the 13th – Cook County Jail (Groove Merchant, 1973)
I Offer You (Groove Merchant, 1973)
With Stanley Turrentine

Another Story (Blue Note, 1969)
More Than a Mood (MusicMasters, 1992)
With David Williams

Up Front (Timeless, 1987)

Henry “Hank” Mobley (July 7, 1930 – May 30, 1986) was an American hard bop and soul jazz tenor saxophonist and composer. Mobley was described by Leonard Feather as the “middleweight champion of the tenor saxophone”, a metaphor used to describe his tone, that was neither as aggressive as John Coltrane nor as mellow as Stan Getz, and his style that was laid-back, subtle and melodic, especially in contrast with players like Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. The critic Stacia Proefrock claimed him “one of the most underrated musicians of the bop era.

As leader / co-leader
Title Co-leaders Year Label
Hank Mobley Quartet 1955 Blue Note
The Jazz Message of Hank Mobley 1956 Savoy
Mobley’s Message 1956 Prestige
Mobley’s 2nd Message 1956 Prestige
Jazz Message No. 2 1957 Savoy
Hank Mobley Sextet 1957 Blue Note
Hank Mobley and His All Stars 1957 Blue Note
Hank Mobley Quintet 1957 Blue Note
Hank 1957 Blue Note
Hank Mobley 1957 Blue Note
Curtain Call 1957 Blue Note
Poppin’ 1957 Blue Note
Peckin’ Time with Lee Morgan 1958 Blue Note
The Complete Blue Note Hank Mobley Fifties Sessions 1955-58 Mosaic
Monday Night at Birdland with Curtis Fuller, Lee Morgan and Billy Root 1958 Roulette
Another Monday Night at Birdland with Curtis Fuller, Lee Morgan and Billy Root 1958 Roulette
Soul Station 1960 Blue Note
Roll Call 1961 Blue Note
Workout 1961 Blue Note
Another Workout 1961 Blue Note
No Room for Squares 1963 Blue Note
The Feelin’s Good 1963 Blue Note
Straight No Filter 1963 Blue Note
The Turnaround! 1965 Blue Note
Dippin’ 1965 Blue Note
A Caddy for Daddy 1965 Blue Note
A Slice of the Top 1966 Blue Note
Hi Voltage 1967 Blue Note
Third Season 1967 Blue Note
Far Away Lands 1967 Blue Note
Reach Out! 1968 Blue Note
The Flip 1969 Blue Note
Thinking of Home 1970 Blue Note
Breakthrough! with Cedar Walton 1972 Muse
Newark 1953 2012 Uptown Records
As sideman
with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers

At the Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 1 (Blue Note, 1955)
At the Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 2 (Blue Note, 1955)
The Jazz Messengers (Columbia, 1956)
Originally (Columbia, 1956 [1982]
Just Coolin’ (Blue Note, 1959 2020)
At the Jazz Corner of the World (Blue Note, 1959)
with Kenny Burrell

All Night Long (Prestige, 1956)
K. B. Blues (Blue Note, 1957 released 1979)
with Donald Byrd

Byrd’s Eye View (Transition, 1955)
Byrd in Flight (Blue Note, 1960)
A New Perspective (Blue Note, 1963)
Mustang! (Blue Note, 1966)
Blackjack (Blue Note, 1967)
with Sonny Clark

Dial “S” for Sonny (Blue Note, 1957)
My Conception (Blue Note, 1959)
with John Coltrane, Zoot Sims & Al Cohn

Tenor Conclave (Prestige, 1956)
with Miles Davis

Someday My Prince Will Come (Columbia, 1961)
The Complete Blackhawk (Columbia, 1961)
Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall (Columbia, 1961)
with Kenny Dorham

Afro-Cuban (Blue Note, 1955)
Whistle Stop (Blue Note, 1961)
with Kenny Drew

This Is New (Riverside, 1957)
Undercurrent (Blue Note, 1960)
with Art Farmer

Farmer’s Market (New Jazz, 1956)
with Curtis Fuller

The Opener (Blue Note, 1957)
Sliding Easy (United Artists, 1959)
with Dizzy Gillespie

Diz and Getz (Verve, 1953)
Afro (Norgran, 1954)
Dizzy and Strings (Norgran, 1954)
Jazz Recital (Norgran, 1955)
with Grant Green

I Want to Hold Your Hand (Blue Note, 1965)
with Johnny Griffin

A Blowin’ Session (Blue Note, 1957)
with Herbie Hancock

My Point of View (Blue Note, 1963)
with Elmo Hope

Informal Jazz (Prestige 1956) (All-Star Sextets Milestone 1962)
with Freddie Hubbard

Goin’ Up (Blue Note, 1960
Blue Spirits (Blue Note, 1965)
with J. J. Johnson

The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 2 (Blue Note, 1955)
with Elvin Jones

Together! (Atlantic, 1961) with Philly Joe Jones
Midnight Walk (Atlantic, 1966)
with Jackie McLean

4, 5 and 6 (Prestige, 1956)
with Tete Montoliu

I Wanna Talk About You (SteepleChase, 1980)
with Lee Morgan

Introducing Lee Morgan (Savoy, 1956)
Lee Morgan Sextet (Blue Note, 1957)
Cornbread (Blue Note, 1965)
Charisma (Blue Note, 1966)
The Rajah (Blue Note, 1966)
with Dizzy Reece

Star Bright (Blue Note, 1959)
with Rita Reys

The Cool Voice of Rita Reys (Colombia, 1956)
with Freddie Roach

Good Move! (Blue Note, 1963)
with Max Roach

The Max Roach Quartet featuring Hank Mobley (Debut, 1954)
The Max Roach 4 Plays Charlie Parker (EmArcy, 1957)
MAX (Argo, 1958)
with Archie Shepp

Yasmina, a Black Woman (BYG Actuel, 1969)
Poem for Malcolm (BYG, 1969)
with Horace Silver

Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers (Blue Note, 1955)
Silver’s Blue (Epic, 1956)
6 Pieces of Silver (Blue Note, 1956)
The Stylings of Silver (Blue Note, 1957)
with Jimmy Smith

A Date with Jimmy Smith Volume One (Blue Note, 1957)
A Date with Jimmy Smith Volume Two (Blue Note, 1957)
with Doug Watkins

Watkins at Large (Transition 1956)
with Julius Watkins

Julius Watkins Sextet (Blue Note, 1955)