Sonic Boom [Bonus Tracks]

Sonic Boom [Bonus Tracks]

by Lee Morgan
     
 
This is indeed a welcome curiosity. The 2003 version of Lee Morgan's Sonic Boom was recorded in 1967, was not released until 1979, and then was quickly deleted. When it was reissued on CD in the 1990s, it was only in print for a short time as well. While one might think the third time is the charm, you'd have to reconsider. Blue Note has made the set available

Overview

This is indeed a welcome curiosity. The 2003 version of Lee Morgan's Sonic Boom was recorded in 1967, was not released until 1979, and then was quickly deleted. When it was reissued on CD in the 1990s, it was only in print for a short time as well. While one might think the third time is the charm, you'd have to reconsider. Blue Note has made the set available as part of its so-called connoisseur series, meaning it will only be available for a limited time once more. Issued in glorious 24-bit remastered sound, Sonic Boom is here re-released along with a huge bonus, a 1969 session that was originally the latter half of the 1978 double-LP The Procrastinator. The personnel here is completely different: on the earlier set, Morgan was accompanied by Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Billy Higgins, and David "Fathead" Newman. On the latter, Julian Priester, George Coleman, Harold Mabern, Walter Booker, and Mickey Roker are in the house. Sonic Boom showcases Morgan stretching his hard bop pedigree to the breaking point, such as on tracks like "The Mercenary," with its wide-open, nearly Latin groove. Walton's deep, left-hand chord work offers a fat, open bottom for Morgan's solo to lift off from. And it's directly to the piano that Morgan plays. On the title cut, angular lines and a knotty head offer Higgins an opportunity to dance all around the time. Newman's solo has an edgy urgency not usually associated with him. Walton plays wild, syncopated chords in the middle, to which Higgins reacts by triple-timing the band. On the 1969 session, Morgan's charts are even more expansive. Coleman's "Free Flow" is blues that has mutated into a post-bop cavalcade of sonances and intervals. Mabern's "Mr. Johnson" is a minor-key masterpiece with the front line playing a long, loping melody that enters the harmonic frame of Cuban folk music and son. Coleman's solo is one of the most emotionally wrought in his recorded oeuvre. Conversely, Priester's "The Stroker" is a funky, Latin-tinged swinger with a lovely, physical solo by the trombonist and Morgan plays some gorgeous fills as Roker bottles up the middle eight before splitting the tune wide open in its last two minutes. Despite the great differences in approach, these two sessions complement each other well; Morgan fans would be well advised to snag this one before Blue Note yanks it from the catalog once more.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724359041421
catalogNumber:
90414

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lee Morgan   Primary Artist
Ron Carter   Bass
Billy Higgins   Drums
Julian Priester   Trombone
Cedar Walton   Piano
Walter Booker   Bass
Harold Mabern   Piano
David "Fathead" Newman   Tenor Saxophone
Mickey Roker   Drums
Lee Morgan Quintet   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Dr. John   Composer
George Coleman   Composer
Lee Morgan   Composer
Julian Priester   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Alfred Lion   Producer
Harold Mabern   Composer
David "Fathead" Newman   Composer
Mickey Roker   Composer
Frank Signorelli   Composer
Jimmy Smith   Composer
Francis Wolff   Producer,Cover Photo
Bob Blumenthal   Liner Notes
Matty Malneck   Composer
Patrick Roques   Reissue Design
T. Koeler   Composer

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