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Lee Morgan, Al Grey & Billy Mitchell: Dizzy Atmosphere (CD: Speciality/ Concord)Lee Morgan, Al Grey & Billy Mitchell: Dizzy Atmosphere (CD: Speciality/ Concord)
Trombonist Al Grey and tenor saxophonist Billy Mitchell were the original stars of this 1957 recording, an offshoot of Dizzy Gillespie's then-running big band. Within a couple of years of this date, however, trumpeter Lee Morgan and pianist Wynton Kelly emerged with careers of their own and today are the most well-known musicians to have been involved in the session.

Due to the presence of Benny Golsen and Roger Spotts as arrangers (and composers of six out of eight tunes), this session comes off as more of a little-big-band event than the kind of hard-bop situation which Morgan in particular would soon come to epitomise. The four horns are lush and confidant, creating the illusion of a much larger ensemble, and each musician is carefully featured in turn. (Proper Note) 


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Lee Morgan: Indeed! (CD: Blue Note RVG)
 


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Lee Morgan: Indeed! (CD: Blue Note RVG)


Lee Morgan: Those Dizzy Days (CD: Lone Hill Jazz)Lee Morgan: Those Dizzy Days (CD: Lone Hill Jazz)
 


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Lee Morgan: Vol.2 (CD: Blue Note RVG)
Lee Morgan was truly a phenom when he burst onto the scene at 18, joined Dizzy Gillespie’s band and signed with Blue Note Records where he made 5 great albums in 10 months! Volume 2, also known as Sextet, was recorded on December 2, 1956 and features the compositions and arrangements of Benny Golson and Owen Marshall. Morgan’s sparkling, pungent style were already in evidence at this young age and the stellar sextet handles this fascinating material with grace and ease. This is the first recording of the classic “Whisper Not.” (Blue Note Records) 


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Lee Morgan: Vol.2 (CD: Blue Note RVG)


Lee Morgan: Vol.3 (CD: Blue Note RVG)Lee Morgan: Vol.3 (CD: Blue Note RVG)
For his third Blue Note album recorded on March 24, 1957, Lee Morgan stuck to the sextet format, this time focusing entirely on Benny Golson compositions, including the classic “I Remember Clifford.” The composer is also on tenor sax throughout. An alternate take of “Tip-toeing” allows the listener to compare Lee’s approach to muted and open horn on the same tune. (Blue Note Records) 


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Lee Morgan: Vol.3 (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
A lyrical batch of hardbop tracks, played with a slightly exotic flair. Recorded in 1957 with Lee Morgan, trumpet; Benny Golson, tenor sax; Gigi Gryce,alto sax. Rhythm is from the trio of Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Charlie Persip on drums and Golson wrote and arranged the tunes.

Limited edition reissue from the prestigious Blue Note catalogue with original artwork. Audiophile grade 180g vinyl LP. (Discovery Records) 


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Lee Morgan: Vol.3 (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Lee Morgan: Just In Time (CD: Charly)Lee Morgan: Just In Time (CD: Charly)
1960 Vee Jay quintet sessions with emerging jazz trumpet talent Lee Morgan and saxist Clifford Jordan, backed by Wynton Kelly/ Eddie Higgins (piano), Paul Chambers/ Art Davis (bass) and Art Blakey (drums.) These recordings are reminiscent of Morgan's Blue Note work -- full of crackling, effervescent attack, yet inventively lyrical phrasing, and genuine fluency of imagination. Influenced by trumpeters Fats Navarro and especially Clifford Brown (both dead in their twenties), Morgan is heard to particularly good effect on the 32-bar original "Mogie," Sinatra's "I'm A Fool to Want You," the title-track "Just in Time," and a splendidly evocative ballad, "Easy Living." Outstanding example of Morgan's trumpet art -- bargain Charly buy. (Andrew Clark, Editor, Riffs & Choruses: A New Jazz Anthology. Continuum Publishing.) 


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Lee Morgan: Unforgettable Lee! Live At Birdland (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)
 


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Lee Morgan: Unforgettable Lee! Live At Birdland (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)


Lee Morgan: City Lights (CD: Blue Note RVG)Lee Morgan: City Lights (CD: Blue Note RVG)
The fourth Blue Note album by 19-year-old trumpet phenom Lee Morgan in August 1957 was wisely stacked with tunes written and arranged by the brilliant Benny Golson. The charts and the playing by the entire sextet are superb. Incredibly, Morgan, Curtis Fuller, and George Coleman had the energy to cut an entire session with Jimmy Smith for his Sermon and House Party albums. (Blue Note Records) 


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Lee Morgan: Candy (CD: Blue Note RVG)
The quartet setting is a demanding one for the trumpet and Lee Morgan was only 19 years old when he cut this masterpiece. He is unceasingly inventive on this interesting mix of standards, pop tunes, and jazz pieces. The rhythm section of Sonny Clark, Doug Watkin,s and Art Taylor is superb throughout. An additional tune from the sessions has been added to the original album. (Blue Note Records) 


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Lee Morgan: Candy (CD: Blue Note RVG)


Lee Morgan: Candy (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Lee Morgan: Candy (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
An exciting quartet date from 1958, featuring a 19-year-old Lee Morgan.

Limited edition high-definition 180g vinyl stereo LP.  


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Lee Morgan: The Cooker (CD: Blue Note RVG)
Recorded when Morgan was just 19 The Cooker gets the usual high quality Rudi Van Gelder re-issue treatment. Originally released in 1958 it features Morgan on trumpet alongside Pepper Adams on baritone sax, Paul Chambers on bass, pianist Bobby Timmons and Philly Joe Jones on drums. (Blue Note Records) 


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Lee Morgan: The Cooker (CD: Blue Note RVG)


Lee Morgan: The Cooker (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Lee Morgan: The Cooker (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
One of a series of reissues of classic albums on the legendary Blue Note label. Limited edition 180 g vinyl stereo LP. High-quality pressing with original artwork. A strong set from trumpeter Lee Morgan, then only nineteen, with Pepper Adams, baritone sax; Bobby Timmons, piano; Paul Chambers, bass & Philly Joe Jones, drums. Originally released in 1958. (Discovery Records) 


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Lee Morgan: Lee-Way (CD: Blue Note RVG)
 


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Lee Morgan: Lee-Way (CD: Blue Note RVG)


Lee Morgan: Lee-Way (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)Lee Morgan: Lee-Way (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
Hard bop with a strong dose of soul recorded in 1960. The four extended tracks include Morgan’s tribute to the founders of Blue Note: “The Lion and the Wolff”.

Limited edition reissue from the prestigious Blue Note catalogue with original artwork. Audiophile grade 180g vinyl stereo LP. (Discovery Records) 


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Lee Morgan: The Sidewinder (CD: Blue Note RVG)
Trumpeter Lee Morgan brought together jazz elements of blues, gospel and funk in a style ideally suited to the era which capitalized on bebop's advances. This excellent 1964 Blue Note album is full of good compositions, and the catchy, off-beat title-track itself is a small masterpiece---deservedly a popular hit, and redolent of '60s "black pride" sound. Assisting the inventive Morgan are tenor-sax Joe Henderson, Barry Harris (piano), and Bob Cranshaw and Billy Higgins on rhythm. (Andrew Clark, Editor, Riffs & Choruses: A New Jazz Anthology. Continuum Publishing.)

Lee Morgan at his sassiest. 'The Sidewinder' changed the way Blue Note recorded its artists, its commercial success encouraging the company to throw in an almost obligatory funky lead-off track for many subsequent releases. The critics were disparaging at the time but the record remains one of the most enjoyable mid 1960s albums. Morgan cooks throughout, instrumentally and compositionally, and his band, featuring the elegant Barry Harris, is in winning form. It's a disc worth listening to for the tracks less talked about too, like 'Hocus Pocus' and 'Boy, What A Night'.

A BEBOP SHOP MILESTONE- An essential recording for your jazz CD shelf 


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Lee Morgan: The Sidewinder (CD: Blue Note RVG)


Lee Morgan: The Rumproller (CD: Blue Note RVG)Lee Morgan: The Rumproller (CD: Blue Note RVG)
 


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Lee Morgan: The Gigolo (CD: Blue Note RVG- US Import)
A sparkling 1965 session with Wayne Shorter, Harold Mabern, Bob Cranshaw, and Billy Higgins, who ignites the whole proceedings. Morgan and Shorter solo with a vengeance on some of Lee's finest compositions, including "Speedball" and the title track, which is also heard in a previously unissued alternate take. Wayne contributes “Trapped” to the album. (Blue Note Records) 


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Lee Morgan: The Gigolo (CD: Blue Note RVG- US Import)


Lee Morgan: Cornbread (CD: Blue Note- US Import)Lee Morgan: Cornbread (CD: Blue Note- US Import)
 


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Lee Morgan: Search For The New Land (CD: Blue Note RVG)
Recorded in 1964 as "The Sidewinder" was climbing the charts, this magnificent session with Wayne Shorter, Grant Green and Herbie Hancock was deemed too progressive and shelved for three years. It has since become recognized as one of Morgan’s best. (Blue Note Records) 


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Lee Morgan: Search For The New Land (CD: Blue Note RVG)


Lee Morgan: Delightfulee (CD: Blue Note RVG)Lee Morgan: Delightfulee (CD: Blue Note RVG)
This album started as a project for an 11-piece band arranged by Oliver Nelson and featuring Wayne Shorter, but four tunes were put on the shelf and Morgan went in six weeks later to cut four sides with a quintet that included Joe Henderson and McCoy Tyner. The original album contained the four quintet pieces, highlighted by the island groove of “Ca-Lee-So” and two pop ballads from the Nelson date. Added to the original album for this CD are the four shelved Oliver Nelson-arranged tunes. (Blue Note Records) 


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Lee Morgan: Tom Cat (CD: Blue Note RVG- US Import)
 


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Lee Morgan: Tom Cat (CD: Blue Note RVG- US Import)


Lee Morgan: Sonic Boom (CD: Blue Note Connoisseur)Lee Morgan: Sonic Boom (CD: Blue Note Connoisseur)
This marvellous 1967 date with David Fathead Newman, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter and Billy Higgins was not released until 1980. This is its first CD issue with a bonus session made in 1969 with George Coleman, Julian Priester and Harold Mabern. (Blue Note Records) 


Price:  £13.99 

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