Lee Morgan: The Procrastinator (1967) Blue Note/ UA vs Connoisseur – fight!

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Selection: The Procrastinator (Blue Label/ Two-fer) Artists Sides 1 & 2 “The Procrastinator” LP: Lee Morgan (trumpet) Wayne Shorter (tenor sax) Bobby Hutcherson (vibes) Herbie Hancock (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Billy Higgins (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: The Sixth Sense (1967) Blue Note/Liberty UA

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This gallery contains 7 photos.

Selection: Short Count (Morgan) . The mandatory go-to boogaloo Morgan  track is  Psychedelic,  a sort of Sidewinder III with a Tijuana drive-thru/ Tex-Mex flavour ,  but other tracks stray into more interesting territory. My pick is the urban car-horn brio of Short Count: choppy boppy accents, stubby with underlying … Continue reading

Art Blakey: Indestructible (1964) Blue Note MM33

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Selection: Sortie (Fuller) Artists Lee Morgan (trumpet) Curtis Fuller (trombone) Wayne Shorter (tenor sax) Cedar Walton (piano) Reggie Workman (bass) Art Blakey (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 24 – May 15, 1964 1964, the last, … Continue reading

Shorter: phantom post – see January 29

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This gallery contains 12 photos.

Selection: Night Dreamer (Shorter) .I struggled to choose one track for the selection because they are each so good and Artists: Lee Morgan (trumpet) Wayne Shorter (tenor sax) McCoy Tyner (piano) Reggie Workman (bass) Elvin Jones (drums) recorded Rudy Van … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: Candy (1958) Blue Note/ MM33

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Selection: Who Do You Love I Hope – Irving Berlin, from Annie Get Your Gun (1946) concealed carry edition. . Artists Lee Morgan (trumpet) Sonny Clark (piano) Doug Watkins (bass) Art Taylor (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, November … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: In Search Of The New Land (1964) Blue Note/ MM33

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Selection: Mr Kenyatta (Morgan) Artists Lee Morgan (trumpet) Wayne Shorter (tenor sax) Herbie Hancock (piano) Grant Green (guitar) Reggie Workman (bass) Billy Higgins (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 15, 1964 Music Two months after recording … Continue reading

Hank Mobley: A Slice Of The Top (1966) Blue Note Connoisseur

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Underappreciated voices of the tenor: Hank Mobley Selection: Cute ‘n’ Pretty (Mobley) Artists Lee Morgan (trumpet) Kiane Zawadi (euphonium) Howard Johnson (tuba) James Spaulding (alto sax, flute) Hank Mobley (tenor sax, arranger) McCoy Tyner (piano) Bob Cranshaw (bass) Billy Higgins … Continue reading

Lee Morgan: Lee-way (1960) Blue Note

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Selection: The Lion and the Wolff (tk.17) No need to guess the dedication, Alfred and Francis,  but it took a lot of takes to get it right, take seventeen. Who’s counting, the boss is paying. Artists: Lee Morgan (trumpet) Jackie … Continue reading

Jackie McLean: Jacknife (1965-6) Blue Note/ UA

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Leader of the pack of United Artists’ Blue Note “twofer” Reissue series. I started writing this a while back, then it slipped my attention as I went chasing Prestige. In the midst of the holiday season, I thought I might … Continue reading

Lee Morgan Sextet (1956 ) Liberty, fake van Gelder

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LJC Hitchhiker’s Guide to Early Stereo continues, with further insight into the murky world of 60’s fake stereo This time, an example of a genuine fake. Selection: Slightly Hep  pseudo stereo Artists Lee Morgan (trumpet) Kenny Rodgers (alto saxophone) Hank Mobley (tenor … Continue reading

Freddie Redd: Lonely City (1985) Uptown Records

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 Selection: Bleeker St Blues Artists Freddie Redd (piano) Clarence “C” Sharpe (alto) Clifford Jordan (tenor) Gerry Cappuccio (baritone) Don Sickler (trumpet) George Duvivier (bass) Ben Riley (drums) recorded Englewood Cliffs NJ, January 18 &19, 1985 Music Pedigree line-up, some of … Continue reading

Buddy de Franco: A Bass Oddity

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Selection: Cousin Mary (Coltrane) – Buddy deFranco   A Coltrane composition which appears on his Giant Steps album. What a great opportunity to set out how the master approached it. Mono, naturally, Decca New Malden pressing on London American (crimson … Continue reading

All aboard the Blue Train!

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  Selection: Blue Train Apologies, my copy is a little bit noisy from time to time. Artists Lee Morgan (t) Curtis Fuller (trb) John Coltrane (ts) Kenny Drew (p) Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, … Continue reading

Wayne Shorter: Night Dreamer (1964) Blue Note

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Selection 1: Night Dreamer (Shorter) Selection 2: Virgo (Shorter) Artists: Lee Morgan (t) Wayne Shorter (ts) McCoy Tyner (p) Reggie Workman (b) Elvin Jones (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 29, 1964 Year:1964 China explodes its first nuclear bomb, thought  … Continue reading

Andrew Hill Grass Roots (1968) Liberty/ Blue Note

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Track Selection 1:  Venture Inward (Hill) Bristling angular theme with with an urgent rhythmic undertow Track selection 2: Bayou Red (Hill) Supposedly a tribute to the creole and mulatto heritage via New Orleans, though I like it for itself rather than because of … Continue reading

Art Blakey Roots and Herbs (1961) Lib/UA 1st

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Track Selection: The (STEREO) Back Sliders  (rip updated) Lead track Ping Pong previously posted under the Japanese release Pisces, so it is an alternative track selection, The Back Sliders. Artists Lee Morgan (tp) Wayne Shorter (ts) Bobby Timmons or Walter … Continue reading

Hank Mobley Dippin’ (1965) Liberty/ Blue Note

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This gallery contains 5 photos.

Track Selection: The Vamp (Mobley) Artists Lee Morgan (tp) Hank Mobley (ts) Harold Mabern (p) Larry Ridley (b) Billy Higgins (d)Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 18, 1965 Mobley at the age of 35, a well-seasoned tenor player second … Continue reading

Art Blakey Indestructible (1964) Blue Note

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Track Selection: The Egyptian Artists Lee Morgan (tp) Curtis Fuller (tb) Wayne Shorter (ts) Cedar Walton (p) Reggie Workman (b) Art Blakey (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 24 and May 15, 1964 Music: Late-bop, more urgency, … Continue reading

Art Blakey Pisces (1961) Japan only

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Track Selection: Ping Pong (Shorter) A track whose first US  appearance is on the Division of Liberty release “Roots and Herbs” (BST 84347), taken from  Jazz Messengers sessions back in 1961. Tracks from this album also appear as “bonus tracks ” on those superficially seductive … Continue reading

Art Blakey: The Freedom Rider (1961) Blue Note

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Track Selection: El Toro Artists Lee Morgan (tp) Wayne Shorter (ts) Bobby Timmons (p) Jymie Merritt (b) Art Blakey (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 18 and May 27, 1961 Music Featuring the Jazz Messengers front line of Wayne … Continue reading

Art Blakey At The Jazz Corner of the World Vol 2 (1959) no ear

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  Track Selection 1:  M & M (Mobley) from Jazz Corner Vol2  no ear, mono: Pressing quality comparison: Track Selection 2 :Hipsippy Blues from Jazz Corner Vol1  original Blue Note DG and ear, pressing stereo (shown below) Mono or Stereo? Liberty reissue or Blue Note second … Continue reading

Benny Golson and the Philadelphians (1958) United Artists

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Track Selection: You’re Not The Kind (Gryce) Artists Lee Morgan (tp) Benny Golson (ts) Ray Bryant (p) Percy Heath (b) Philly Joe Jones (d)Nola’s Penthouse Sound Studios, NYC, November 17, 1958 Philadelphia Just across the river from New Jersey, soon … Continue reading

Art Blakey Meet You at The Jazz Corner Vol2 (1960) Blue Note

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Track Selection: Night Watch (Mobley) Artists Lee Morgan (tp) Wayne Shorter (ts) Bobby Timmons (p) Jymie Merritt (b) Art Blakey (d) recorded at “Birdland”, NYC, various sets , September 14, 1960 Music: Do I sense a degree of mischief for Art Blakey to … Continue reading

Jimmy Smith “House Party” (1958)

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Track Selection: Au Privave (Charlie Parker) 12 minute extract Artists “Au Privave” Lee Morgan (tp) Lou Donaldson (as) Tina Brooks (ts) Jimmy Smith (org) Kenny Burrell (g) Art Blakey (d)  recorded Manhattan Towers, NYC, August 25, 1957 “Just Friends”, “Blues after … Continue reading

Art Blakey “Night in Tunisia” (1960)

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Selected track:“Yama”  > BN 4049 Night in Tunisia: Lee Morgan (tp) Wayne Shorter (ts) Bobby Timmons (p) Jymie Merritt (b) Art Blakey (d)  Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August 7 & 14,  1960  Lee Morgan is the star of … Continue reading