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Here's a perfect example of a recording that holds great merit for the most part, but is flawed. A CD of Lee Morgan's work from the Blue Note label in the '60s should last longer than a mere 42 minutes on CD, and should definitely be packed to the brim with his very finest music. Half of the six tracks are among his best: "The Sidewinder," "Ceora," and "Speedball." The other three, while very good in their own right, are not essential, though a version of Duke Pearson's "Sweet Honey Bee" is one deserving more acclaim in his repertoire. There are other seminal, at-length, greatest-hits packages available by the legendary hard bop jazz trumpeter and his high level bandmates, so this should only be purchased by students or staunch completists. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi


Born: July 10, 1938 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s

A cornerstone of the Blue Note label roster prior to his tragic demise, Lee Morgan was one of hard bop's greatest trumpeters, and indeed one of the finest of the '60s. An all-around master of his instrument modeled after Clifford Brown, Morgan boasted an effortless, virtuosic technique and a full, supple, muscular tone that was just as powerful in the high register. His playing was always emotionally charged, regardless of the specific mood: cocky and exuberant on up-tempo groovers, blistering on...
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  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: Jun 05, 2007

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