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Rumproller Import, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Format: Music CD, Blue Note Records. Jazz music CD release from Lee Morgan with the album The Rumproller. Released on the label Blue Note Records. Jazz music CD. This hard to find pre-owned music CD is fully guaranteed.

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Lee Morgan's brassy, declarative trumpet playing often gave rise to comparisons with Clifford Brown, but Morgan had a voice of his own, highlighted by a playful, insinuating way with the beat. Those sly, rhythmic inflections may have contributed much to his hit "Sidewinder," a combination of taut, hard bop and infectious, funky R&B backbeat that has found renewed life in recent years among turntable artists. The Rumproller, written by pianist Andrew Hill, combines the same elements for comparable effect and is held together by the groove developed by Morgan and Billy Higgins, whose sparkling drum work contributed to the success of many Blue Note recordings of the period. The rest of the session is exemplary hard bop, with strong tunes by Morgan and Wayne Shorter and vigorous solos by tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson and pianist Ronnie Matthews, as well as Morgan. The touching ballad "The Lady" features Morgan blowing a muted trumpet and revealing an introspective side that seldom surfaced in his music. --Stuart Broomer
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 20, 1999)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B00000K4GN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,635 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By G. M. Jenkins on April 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Lee Morgan's The Rumproller, considered to be the follow up album to his smash hit The Sidewinder is an album with plenty of highlights but lacks the classic status.

Pretty much every song has a great groove with very spry bass work by Victor Sproles (one wonders why he wasn't featured more on recordings)and really excellent drumming by one of my favorite drummers, Billy Higgins. His drumming is probably the standout of this album and he maintains the grooves well and plays so creatively and exciting throughout.

Morgan on trumpet and Joe Henderson (on tenor sax) have some really inspired moments (everyone plays superbly on the title cut, Morgan's solo is particularly good) but at times fall short. Ronnie Matthews is enjoyable throughout the album as well and contributes some nice solos.

"The Lady", the sole ballad of the album (and only song that doesn't make you want to move) finds Morgan using a mute to a nice effect.

"Venus Di Mildrew", one of the two Wayne Shorter compositions and the non-album track is a nice straight ahead hard bop tune with strong playing throughout that will have you snapping your fingers.

This is a four star album rather than a five because despite it being a good buy and worth owning, it's not essential. The album lacks the cohesion that some of the other albums by Morgan have and other albums of the genre.
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"The Rumproller" is one of Lee Morgan's five finest albums for Blue Note, and considering he made roughly two dozen classics as a leader for the label, that's saying a lot. First, I'd like to put to rest any fears raised by the review below -- the sound is excellent (better than the original CD issue). I don't what that guy's talking about! Now that that's taken care of, I have a little Lee Morgan story to tell.
Lee made three amazing albums in late 1963 and early 1964 -- "The Sidewinder," "Search For The New Land" and "Tom Cat." The material on these three discs varies wildly, which is a tribute to Morgan's creative genius. When the song "The Sidewinder" became an international hit in late 1964, everyone at Blue Note desperately wanted to copy its success, especially Lee. Unfortunately, none of the tunes from the albums that he had made earlier that year (mentioned above) had anything resembling the funky, catchy groove of "The Sidewinder." I have even heard from some places that Lee had difficulty coming up with a suitable follow-up himself. Thankfully for all parties Andrew Hill was able to come to the rescue with the song now known as "The Rumproller."
Well if it takes a village to raise a child, it took a considerable portion of the Blue Note family to make "The Rumproller." Not only did Andrew Hill write the album's hit title track, but Wayne Shorter contributed two tunes, "Edda" and the CD's bonus track "Venus Di Mildew" (an earlier version than the one that appears on Hank Mobley's "A Caddy For Daddy"). Add to that Morgan's band for the recording of Joe Henderson, Ronnie Matthews, Victor Sproles and Billy Higgins and you've got some of the labels brightest stars.
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I don't know why this album isn't rated higher by Lee Morgan fans, I think it's a very solid and enjoyable recording, sparked by some truly great playing. Then again, I'm no jazz expert and I lack the vocabularly to accurately describe what I'm hearing when Morgan and his skilled band members start jamming ... but what I hear delights me. As mentioned in another review, this album is unusual because only two tunes were written by Lee Morgan. But another two were written by Wayne Shorter, and this album also boasts some typically fine sax work from Joe Henderson and tasty piano playing by Ronnie Mathews. The highlight, though, is Morgan's trumpet playing. Again, I can't put it all in musician's terms, but I like his sound and I like this album ... a lot!
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This album is the red-headed stepchild of "The Sidewinder" family of Lee Morgan. Nevertheless, that red-headed stepchild happens to be particularly beautiful and criminally underrated as a mid-career Morgan album. The wonderful jovial alacrity of the title track buries the banal simplicity of "The Sidewinder" equivalent title track, making it sound like the car commercial that it was used for. The trumpet solo on "The Rumproller" is one of Lee's best ever. "Desert Moonlight" and "Eclipso" are equally brilliant, with the piano solo on the former being one of the best I've heard in a long while. After that, the album seems to fall off quite a bit into a few more lackluster songs, which may be why it's not held in as high a regard as "The Sidewinder", an album that, in my opinion, grows stronger which each track, sustaining the high standard throughout. Nevertheless, "The Rumproller", despite it's oddly baffling name, the origin of which escapes me, holds its own amongst Morgan's records and is a worthy successor to "The Sidewinder". Definitely worth picking up, even if you're not a diehard hardbop or Lee Morgan fan.
Also, I should add that I agree with other reviewers that this particular Rudy Van Gelder recording is definitely not his best. Additionally, the CD belongs to the over-compress-the-hell-out-of-it-for-maximum-volume school of CD mastering. It's about 50% louder than my copies of "Cornbread" and "The Sidewinder". Nevertheless, it's not too bad and worth buying despite that fact.
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