Lee Morgan, Vol. 3 [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Vol. 3 is Lee Morgan's final recording from a series done in the spring of 1957, an important year not only for the teenage trumpeter, but for the dominant hard bop sound that swept the landscape of modern jazz. Morgan preferred the sextet format at this time, recruiting alto saxophonist Gigi Gryce and retaining tenor player Benny Golson, while grabbing bassist Paul Chambers and pianist Wynton Kelly from the Miles Davis/John Coltrane combo. The selection of lesser-known but very talented drummer Charlie Persip for this date is a wise choice, as he is more homogeneous to the composed jazz of Golson, which comprises this entire set. Because of the Golson factor, the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Vol. 3 is Lee Morgan's final recording from a series done in the spring of 1957, an important year not only for the teenage trumpeter, but for the dominant hard bop sound that swept the landscape of modern jazz. Morgan preferred the sextet format at this time, recruiting alto saxophonist Gigi Gryce and retaining tenor player Benny Golson, while grabbing bassist Paul Chambers and pianist Wynton Kelly from the Miles Davis/John Coltrane combo. The selection of lesser-known but very talented drummer Charlie Persip for this date is a wise choice, as he is more homogeneous to the composed jazz of Golson, which comprises this entire set. Because of the Golson factor, the music is consistent, but not the hard bop blowing session some may have expected. There are two takes of "Tip-Toeing," inspired by Persip's fanciful, cat-and-mouse-type drumming in a delicate strut drenched in blues, with wonderful solos from Chambers and the author/saxophonist. On other side of the coin, "Domingo" is not Latin-flavored, but instead a straight hard bop line, as the three horns are locked in with great invention and energy. The barren Minnesota flatlands that inspired "Mesabi Chant" are hardly represented by an arid feeling, but instead are enabled by the desolation to create a complicated construct via a 34-bar (not 32-bar) chorus, an aspect that identifies Golson's emerging ideas as a unique jazz composer. The best and most unusual track of the bunch is "Hasaan's Dream," where the expressive flute playing of Gryce and tacit piano give an open-ended Arabic or Asiatic feel to the piece, as underscored trumpet and tenor preclude the held tension of Chambers, leading to a most lovely, easily rendered bop. There's an immortal version of "I Remember Clifford" as well, with Morgan pouring his heart out, while the horns act as musical pallbearers for the late Clifford Brown, who died less than a year prior. This is one of the earliest, and best, recorded versions of this Golson-penned tribute to Brownie. A composed (in more than one way) and relaxed session for this stellar small ensemble, it also brings forth the intelligence and street smarts of all the players, one of the best recordings in Lee Morgan's early career and well worth a hearty recommendation to all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2007
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 094639274628
  • Catalog Number: 92746
  • Sales rank: 77,294

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hasaan's Dream (8:46)
  2. 2 Domingo (9:21)
  3. 3 I Remember Clifford (7:09)
  4. 4 Mesabi Chant (6:10)
  5. 5 Tip-Toeing (6:41)
  6. 6 Tip-Toeing (6:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lee Morgan Primary Artist
Gigi Gryce Flute, Alto Saxophone
Wynton Kelly Piano
Benny Golson Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Persip Drums
Technical Credits
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder Remastering
Benny Golson Composer
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
Alfred Lion Producer
Francis Wolff Cover Photo
Bob Blumenthal Liner Notes
Reid Miles Cover Design
Amanda Wray Reissue Design
Gordon H. Jee Reissue Director
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