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  • Audio CD (April 2, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B0000BV210
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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1. Search For New Land
2. The Joker
3. Mr. Kenyatta
4. Melancholee
5. Morgan The Pirate

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All in all, this group of musicians seemed to really gel on these pieces and the resultant sound is heavenly.
Donald E. Gilliland
As sublime as the rest of the album is though, it is the incredible title track which is the crowning glory of Search For The New Land.
Ange Tsibo
This is one CD that is recommended to any Jazz fan, as its creativeness defies definition, and crosses stylistics boundaries.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brad Richman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Lee Morgan's "Search for the New Land" is the trumpeter's most searching and enjoyable Blue Note album in my opinion. This session was recorded on February 15, 1964, nearly two months after the date that yielded "The Sidewinder." In many ways, "Search" is a departure from the funky, tight grooves of its predecessor. Sure tracks like "Morgan the Pirate" and "The Joker" are a continuation of the up-tempo feel of "The Sidewinder" and easily blend with that album's style. But the other tracks -- "Mr. Kenyatta," "Melancholee" and of course the title track -- are as progressive and exploratory as any jazz that was made in the watershed year of 1964. Across the board at Blue Note, artists were challenging each other to make more innovative jazz and many of the performers began expanding their bands to accommodate this broadening of the music. On "Search" Lee returns to a sextet line-up for the first time since the late 1950s, but with the addition of Grant Green on guitar, there's no mistaking it for those 50s hard bop sessions. In addition to Green, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Reggie Workman and Billy Higgins all make invaluable contributions, but the guitarist adds an other-worldly spatial quality to the music, particularly on the title track. Of course, in a few months "The Sidewinder" would be released and its title track would become an international hit. Beginning with "The Rumproller" (see my review), every Lee Morgan album would have the seemingly obligatory funky, boogaloo-style lead-off track in the hopes of a follow-up hit. And while those discs are all very enjoyable, Lee would never again "search" quite like he did on "Search for the New Land."
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Yahoo2 on October 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album is fantastic on several levels, musically groundbreaking, yet firmly in the tradition it will please more avant garde listeners and mainstream fans alike. It`s not as sunny as The Sidewinder (Morgan`s other masterpiece), it`s a different shade of Morgan, shining as a composer of great talent. Special mentions go to the leader`s trumpet playing, as well as Herbie Hancock and the great Billy Higgins. The title track is a tour de force of great finesse, Mr. Kenyatta is a standout track, but the rest of the album is just as enjoyable.
Highly recommended.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Cooper on December 9, 2006
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Lee Morgan had a hit with "The Sidewinder", and then tried to recreate the success of that song with a bunch of funky tunes. Before "The Sidewinder" came out, Lee recorded "Search For A New Land". This CD thus has the reputation of being untainted by his soon-to-come commercial success. The title track is the most notable song. It's long, and has a more progressive song structure than the typical theme-solo-theme structure. It's a good song, and you can hear Lee stretching his legs in a salutory fashion. Lee chose a great group of sidemen: Wayne Shorter, Grant Green, Herbie Hancock, Reggie Workman, and Billy Higgins. The rest of the album is more like tracks 2-5 from "The Sidewinder" -- standard Lee Morgan. Of course, that's hardly a criticism, the remainder of the CD is very good. Very good!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By N. Johnson on July 9, 2004
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Just listen to Billy Higgins lay it down! I love the sound on Search for the New Land, it's the quickest fifteen minutes ever! Lee Morgan wrote some great tunes for this one, Morgan the Pirate has such a warm sound. Dig Grant Green hanging with Morgan and Shorter on the front line. If you don't have this and you are getting tired of Sidewinder, Blue Train, etc. pick this up NOW!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Smith on December 27, 2000
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An album like "Search for the New Land" is noteworthy most of all for the quality of its musicianship, of course, but it also serves as a reminder of the loss that jazz suffered from Morgan's untimely death in 1972.
Prior to the release of "Search for the New Land," Morgan had demonstrated he was something special on trumpet, most notably through his work with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, where he honed his skills and formed a lasting bond with saxophonist Wayne Shorter. He's reunited with Shorter on this album, and both of them show how well they were served by their apprenticeship with Blakey.
For example, the title tune is a sophisticated composition that moves lyrically and unpredictably through nearly 16 minutes. It allows all the soloists (Morgan, Shorter, guitarist Grant Green, and pianist Herbie Hancock) plenty of room, but it is far more than a blowing session over a simple set of changes. It's an evocative tune with shifting passages that stimulates extremely creative work from all concerned.
Morgan's jaunty, bouncing sound is also on good display here, with "The Joker" and "Morgan the Pirate," as his lyricism, in "Melancholee." Throughout, I'm reminded of what a great team he and Shorter made. Wayne's compelling combination of grittiness, lyricism, and melancholy match perfectly with the drive and humor I always found in Morgan's playing.
If you have not yet discovered Lee Morgan, do yourself a favor and plunge into his Blue Note discography. "Search for the New Land" is a good opener, one that will provide compelling evidence that Morgan's death deprived jazz of one of its most eloquent voices.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rudolph E. Krigger Jr. on June 25, 2001
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If, like me, you have previously been mainly exposed to the bubbly, frenetic side of Lee Morgan's musical personality, "Search for the New Land" holds some pleasant surprises in store. This album showcases an instrospective side of Lee Morgan that exposes a poignant sensitivity in addition to his well known bouyancy and exuberance. I got this album four days ago and for some reason the disc just can't seem to find its way out of my CD player. Here are a couple reasons why. First, you simply can't get better personnel that Lee assembled for this session. Wayne Shorter, an old comrade from the Art Blakey days, is reunited with Lee on this date and its obvious that is one happy reunion! They blend perfectly with each other on the ensemble passages, and Wayne's sharp edges are the perfect foil for Lee's big round tone. Herbie Hancock, Grant Green, Reggie Workman and Billy Higgins combine to form what must be God's idea of a rhythm section. Secondly, this ablbum cooks! From the bubbling boil of 'Kenyatta' and 'Morgan the Pirate' to the slow-roasting lyricism of 'Search for the New Land' and 'Melancholee', every tune engages your palate with its own special flavor. This album is characterized by beautifully flowing solos in which these artists' formidable technique is nonetheless a servant, not a master, of their musical creativity. These men swing hard and every note has meaning. Third, you have to check out the writing! These tunes, all penned by Lee, are ample demonstration of Lee's muscial growth during this period. This album, more than any other on which I have heard Lee, gives an indication of the greatness that was snatched away from us with Lee's passing. In short, run, do not walk, to the nearest link to this album! 'Search for the New Land' is the real deal!
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