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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, August 27, 2002
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Morgan is a quintessential team player on the date, yet contributing stellar if at times rough-edged solos, equal parts fire and warmth. Listen to the beauty of his fat lower register on "Mid-Town Blues," but note how the piece is stamped as much by Chambers' melodic ideas as any other member of the quintet. If there were ever any doubt about the critical importance of Paul Chambers both as a bass player and as a component in the groups of Miles Davis throughout the '50s and into the early '60s, this recording, perhaps more than any other, is sufficient to dispel them. Although he could on occasion allow his attention to wander, on this date his time is catalytic and rock solid, his solo contributions inventive yet economical.Read more ›
This session also features two sterling contributions from Cal Massey, the aptly titled "These Are Soulful Days", music as evocative as its title, and "Nakatini Suite". Both are excellent extended compositions which give the musicians plenty of room to shine. Check out Mr. PC's excellent bass solo on the former. Morgan contributed the piece "The Lion and The Wolff", so named for Blue Note founders Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff. This tune is prefaced by a great Bobby Timmons intro that really sets the mood. Art Blakey turns in an explosive drum solo at the end of this piece that is not to be missed. The other selection, "Midtown Blues", was penned by McLean. Jackie Mac is in fine form throughout the session, his bittersweet tone leaning more toward the sweet. His solo on "These Are Soulful Days" is one of his finest. While not as strident here as on his own recordings, Blakey holds the pulse of the session in his hands. Bobby Timmons also sounds fantastic here, turning in some fine work. As usual, Lee Morgan plays an excellent full-bodied trumpet. I found this album to be somewhat similar in feel to Tom Cat, which features some of the same performers. One would be hard pressed to find as much enjoyment as can be found in these fine four tracks.
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Lee, Jackie , Bobby, Paul and Art. Are you kidding me? How could you possibly go wrong with this lineup!
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Don't want to be a debbie downer, but I just have to give an alternative review to all the five star reviews here. Read morePublished 18 months ago by sPARKs
I have at least a dozen Lee Morgan albums but I didn't have this one. I'd read that it was one of his best and I wasn't disappointed. Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Steve A
The "feel" of this superb Lee Morgan album is that of New York City in the fall (I almost said "Autumn in New York"): gray skies, a brisk, cool breeze off the Atlantic, trench... Read morePublished on May 24, 2013 by Dan Feldman
I believe that this was the first pairing of altoist Jackie McLean and trumpeter Lee Morgan--which marked them as musical twins since each would appear on the others recordings for... Read morePublished on July 1, 2012 by Dennis W. Wong
Recorded in 1960 at Rudy van Gelder's studio, this is one of Lee Morgan's best albums. It's also a hard-bop classic that should be in the music collection of anyone interested in... Read morePublished on August 13, 2010 by Mark Anderson
This CD sounds amazing, I have only listened to the CD part and not to the SACD part, but I'm completely convinced I want to buy them all. Read morePublished on April 29, 2010 by E. K. Everts
What a treat, to hear real music, that is complex, swinging and a joy to listen to! I highly recommend, These Are Soulful Days, for die-hard lovers of true music.