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viernes, 8 de noviembre de 2019

Lee Morgan • The Rajah

Review by Scott Yanow
This long-lost Lee Morgan session was not released for the first time until it was discovered in the Blue Note vaults by Michael Cuscuna in 1984; it has still not been reissued on CD. Originals by Cal Massey, Duke Pearson ("Is That So") and Walter Davis, in addition to a couple of surprising pop tunes ("What Not My Love" and "Once in My Lifetime") and Morgan's title cut, are well-played by the quintet (which includes the trumpeter/leader, Hank Mobley on tenor, pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Billy Higgins). Much of the music is reminiscent of The Jazz Messengers and that may have been the reason that it was lost in the shuffle for Morgan was soon investigating modal-oriented tunes. Despite its neglect, this is a fine session that Lee Morgan and hard bop fans will want.


Reseña de Scott Yanow
Esta sesión de Lee Morgan, perdida hace mucho tiempo, no fue publicada por primera vez hasta que fue descubierta en las bóvedas de Blue Note por Michael Cuscuna en 1984; todavía no ha sido reeditada en CD. Los originales de Cal Massey, Duke Pearson ("Is That So") y Walter Davis, además de un par de sorprendentes temas pop ("What Not My Love" y "Once in My Lifetime") y el corte del título de Morgan, son bien interpretados por el quinteto (que incluye al trompetista/líder, Hank Mobley sobre el tenor, el pianista Cedar Walton, el bajista Paul Chambers y el baterista Billy Higgins). Gran parte de la música recuerda a The Jazz Messengers y esa puede haber sido la razón por la que se perdió en la confusión, ya que Morgan pronto estaba investigando melodías orientadas al modal. A pesar de su negligencia, esta es una buena sesión que Lee Morgan y los fans del hard bop querrán.

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01 - A Pilgrim's Funny Farm
02 - The Rajah
03 - Is That So
04 - Davisamba
05 - What Not My Love
06 - Once In A Lifetime

Lee Morgan - trumpet
Hank Mobley - tenor sax
Cedar Walton - piano
Paul Chambers - bass
Billy Higgins – drums

Label: Blue Note ‎– CDP 7 84426 2
Released: 1988
Genre: Jazz
Style: Hard Bop

Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on November 29, 1966

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8 comentarios:

  1. If you ever com across Lee's "Live at the Lighthouse", let me know.

  2. Not necessary. I always prefer original releases -- material usually selected by artists and producers in conjunction.
    I'm not a fan of later releases with extra material added without the artist's approval.
    Thanks for getting back to me.

    1. I'm of the same mind, enjoying the original work. Well, if that's not possible, it's plan B.

  3. And when Plan B is the only choice, I usually disassemble the reissue and reconstruct the original!