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The Best of Lee Morgan

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  • Audio CD (November 14, 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B000005HES
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,575 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Buy his individual Blue Note albums. Whether you simply want an introduction or an efficient compilation (of someone in which you have peripheral interest), an individual album will serve you just as well, if not better. Every album contains the equal or superior of this compilation.
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Gee I like this album!
The kind of happy upbeat stuff that seemed to end with the end of the sixties.
In the sixties, Jazz artists were dismayed to see so much of the young audience listening to Rock.
Lee Morgan recorded "Sidewinder", his most consistant album. The title track has a 4/4 Rock drum beat, a soul/funk/boogaloo bass line and rapid fire very close harmony trumpet and tenor sax jazz lines on top. The critics at the time called it a sell-out, but it was very popular. Sidewinder, and the albums that followed like "Cornbread" were attempts at Jazz/Rock Fusion from a completely different direction than Miles Davis Fusion "Bitches Brew".
Morgan did many subsequent albums with this same formula, one funky Jazz song with a rock beat and a bunch of often lesser cuts, for most of the sixties, trying to recreate this magic formula.
I always associate him with his best tenor player, Hank Mobley - these were called "M & M's". It sounds like he and his tenor play are joined at the hip or read each other's minds. I was surprised to see how many of these songs on this sampler were NOT recorded with Mobley!
Nevertheless, Blue Note has skimmed most of the funky boogaloo creme of the Lee Morgan albums and put them all on one CD. Also, the cha-cha "Ceora" and some ballads, too. Good mix.
A great intro to Lee Morgan.
This is a great music for Rockers who think they don't like Jazz or Rockers who want to hear more Jazz. Infectious, once you hear it, it stays in your head.
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I'm a big Lee Morgan fan and very much enjoy his 1960's and early 1970's output. This compilation is very standard and reflective of his more conservative ballads and "boogaloo" soul stuff that was probably commercially accessible back in the day. What is missing is his more expansive stuff where he pushed boundaries and picked up the tempo with his searing, blazing solos such as "Neophilia", "The Procrastinator", and "Mickey's Tune." They missed the heavy hooks and grooves in compositions like "Trapped", and the melodic pieces of perfection in "Hocus Pocus", "The Gigolo" or "Totem Pole." Also missing were his more political titles reflective of the ongoing Civil Rights and eventually Black Power Movements of the 1960s and early 1970s ("Search for the New Land", "Zambia", "Afreaka", "Cry of My People"). I loved that they included "Speedball" and "Mr. Kenyatta" but would have loved to have heard "Stop Start" and "Nite Flite" along with the standard Lee we hear on almost every Blue Note compilation. Yes...I enjoy those...but the man did so much more!
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If you like Lee Morgan and/or straight-ahead 60s bop, you're going to love this record because the song selection is outstanding. Great ballads and great grooves make this a record you can play straight through over and over. It's one of my favorite Blue Notes of all time (along with the Hancock Best Of and the Horace Silver Best Of (both volumes) and the Wayne Shorter Best Of...). Honestly, I prefer the original albums, but people who aren't jazz fanatics aren't going to buy all of those. This is a great place to start, and if you intend to buy the originals, it will help you choose among them.
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