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Album Review

Trumpeter Lee Morgan's final recording in his initial stint with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (and trombonist Curtis Fuller's first) is a curiously lackluster affair. Perhaps Morgan and pianist Bobby Timmons already knew that they would be departing soon. In any case, this set (which includes five standards and Fuller's "A La Mode") is only an average outing for this talented group; nice music but nothing that special.

Biography

Born: October 11, 1919 in Pittsburgh, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

In the '60s, when John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman were defining the concept of a jazz avant-garde, few knowledgeable observers would have guessed that in another 30 years the music's mainstream would virtually bypass their innovations, in favor of the hard bop style that free jazz had apparently supplanted. As it turned out, many listeners who had come to love jazz as a sophisticated manifestation of popular music were unable to accept the extreme esotericism of the avant-garde; their tastes were...
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