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This session is best known for introducing Lee Morgan's beautiful ballad "Ceora," but actually all five selections (which include Morgan's "Cornbread," "Our Man Higgins," "Most Like Lee," and the standard "Ill Wind") are quite memorable. The trumpeter/leader performs with a perfectly complementary group of open-minded and talented hard bop stylists (altoist Jackie McLean, Hank Mobley on tenor, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Larry Ridley, and drummer Billy Higgins) and creates a Blue Note classic that is highly recommended.

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Lee Morgan - Trumpet
Herbie Hancock - Piano
Billy Higgins - Drums
Hank Mobley - Sax (Tenor)
Larry Ridley - Bass
Jackie McLean - Sax (Alto)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B000005HCZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,236 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Bob Dickson on October 5, 1998
Format: Audio CD
If you're a fan of jazz, you're likely a fan of Lee Morgan. His brilliant composition, tenacious solos, and sassy playfulness define the genre, and "Cornbread" captures Morgan at his ear-popping, toe-tapping best. With a stellar cast boasting the likes of Herbie Hancock, Billy Higgins, and the venerable Hank Mobley, Morgan finds himself in like company, and the timelessness of the session should surprise no one. The classic title track sets the tone-a contagious theme supported by an irresistible rhythm, and Morgan wastes little time before launching into his first tasty solo. "Our Man Higgins" is straight-ahead bop, with Morgan, McLean, Mobley, and Hancock each taking a turn--no time to catch your breath here! "Ill Wind" and "Most Like Lee" demonstrate Morgan's startling diversity. In the latter, Morgan attacks each note with the clarity and ferocity of a Clifford Brown, while in the former, not an original, he employs a mute and plays what sounds like a tribute to Miles Davis. But the gem of the session is "Ceora," a bossa-nova effort that makes you wonder why Morgan didn't play this sound more often. He handles the theme with surprising sensitivity, and Hancock's deft accompaniment follows suit. Alone, "Ceora" is worth the price of admission. Its inclusion on "Cornbread" makes the album a classic.
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Any jazz fan who thinks they don't like bebop (such as my 82 year-old Dad, a veteran of the swing era) should be given this CD. I've listen to dozens of Blue Note and Verve reissues from the 50's and 60's and I can't think of an album that better captures the inventiveness, beauty, and sheer joy of this musicmaking. Every musician here is among the greats; the solos are magnificent and the ensemble work makes one disappointed that this group didn't do more recording together. Morgan is an underrated composer (as is tenor sax man Hank Mobley, an all-but-unknown genius and amazing on this album); if "Ceora" were Morgan's only composition, we'd still be in his debt. I've listened to this CD again and again, and it just gets better (I did send it to my Dad, by the way, and he's now a big Morgan/Mobley fan.) I agree 100% with the reviewer who pleaded for a five-star rating; this album is a classic!
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Come on jazz fans, we've got to get the average rating for this superb album back up to five stars ... here's my contribution. I've listened to Cornbread maybe 100 times in the last three years. I can't think of another recording that better sums what the essence of jazz is: finding the beauty in the songs and letting it rip right out of the vinyl grooves (or laser bytes). Most of these supremely talented musicians died too young -- but on a CD like CORNBREAD you get the feeling they somehow knew they weren't gonna die of old age, so they infused their best stuff with extra joy. With respect to the individual tracks, other reviewers have summed them up well; I'll just add this -- once upon a time I read that Hank Mobley dreamed of recording an all-ballad CD; listening to his breathtaking work on "Ceora" and "Ill Wind" lets us know exactly what we missed. (Other great Mobley ballads are "My Sin" on THE TURNAROUND and "Carolyn" on NO ROOM FOR SQUARES.)
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Lee Morgan has recorded a number of excellent albums in his career, but this has to rank as one of his very best. Everything works perfectly, from tune selection to solo intensity. Jackie McLean and Hank Mobley join Lee on the front line, and play lyrically and, in McLean's case, with fire as well. The best track is CEORA, one of Lee's most impressive compositions, a beautiful bossa - the theme is gorgeous and the solos light and dreamy. CORNBREAD is a bluesy, church-inspired tune, with a Horace Silver feel to it. Herbie Hancock is magnificent on piano throughout the proceedings; his playing is captivating and delightful, especially on OUR MAN HIGGINS, which also features nice drum work by Billy Higgins. ILL WIND, the only standard on the CD, has a blues flavor and a very nice muted solo by Lee. This is a great album - a classic Blue Note release. Definitely worth grabbing.
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Blue Note recorded a number of hard bop musicians in the 50's and 60's, such as Art Blakey and Horace Silver. Many of these recordings introduce young trumpeters, including Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan. In fact, Morgan had been a side man of Blakey's before moving to be a leader on his own.

This is one of Morgan's better efforts. There are several things noteworthy about this album.

1- Morgan is outstanding. His tone is clear and strong. While he doesn't play "pretty" like Art Farmer, he is capable of lyric playing. He has been influenced by Clifford Brown, although his tone isn't quite as warm as Brownie's.

2- This group played great together. The always welcome warm-toned tenor of Hank Mobley is a plus, and Herbie Hancock hadn't yet gotten commercial and he also excels.

3- Morgan is a surprisingly adept composer. Everything on the album is an original except "Ill Wind", and two of Morgan's tunes, the title track and "Ceora" are gems. "Cornbread" is a down-home funky blues, and "Ceora" is a bossa-flavored ballad. Both are excellent.

4- The improvisations are outstanding, but even among such stellar colleagues, Morgan stands out.

In short, Morgan was one of the bright young stars of the trumpet in the 50's and 60's. This is a terrific example just how good he was.
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