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Milestones Of A Legend

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Milestones Of A Legend
Milestones Of A Legend


The trumpeter Lee Morgan (1938-1972) will always be associated with his surprise pop hit "The Sidewinder". As a boy-wonder he had already made a splash in the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band at the age of 18. And Blue Note label immediately signed him. Remarkably he played his first session with Hank Mobley for Savoy one day later with Rudy van Gelder. From the sometimes rather routine recording sessions with typical quintet line-up in that crucial era of hard bop, Morgan's albums stand out from the beginning, not only due to his phenomenal technique, which he always put in the service of the music, but also in the selection of his musicians and material. He later began to write his own music, but at first relied on composers like Benny Golson, who played with him for a long time with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. In the selection of his saxophonists, Morgan set similar accents as Miles Davis and it is therefore no wonder that some of them played with both trumpeters. Hank Mobley, Benny Golson, John Coltrane, who hired Morgan as a sideman on his celebrated "Blue Train" session, and George Coleman and Wayne Shorter, who were to join Miles' bands later on. A very special like-minded player was Clifford Jordan, a tenor-player who has always been underestimated, with whom Morgan recorded three great albums for Vee Jay and Riverside, and who deserves special attention here. Since Morgan did not have a band of his own until his hit, he was one of the Jazz Messengers and played a most important "steadying" part in the band, anchoring regardless of characters as di erent as Benny Golson or Wayne saxophone part, impressively documented by "Moanin" and "Night in Tunisia". In his analysis of Morgan's trumpet style of the 1960s, the American author David H. Rosenthal makes an illuminating parallel by interpreting his style as an instrumental equivalent to the singing of the contemporary soul-greats, especially James Brown: he had honed his time and timbre to razor sharpness. In photographs, one can still clearly see Morgan's self-production, which indeed calls to mind an expression by James Brown: Mr. Super Bad. This was accompanied by an interest and active participation of Morgan in the Civil Rights Movement. Unfortunately, Morgan's life and career were flanked by drug problems, which often forced him to leave the stage and recuperate for longer times. In 1972, his wife shot Morgan during a performance break at the New York Jazzclub Slug's Saloon. He bled to death because the ambulance did not make it in time due to severe weather - now the subject of the documentary "I Called Him Morgan" (2017). Feat. John Coltrane, Johnny Griffin, Jimmy Smith, Bobby Timmons, Horace Silver, Donald Byrd, Henny Mobley, Benny Golson, George Coleman, Wayne Shorter and Cliford Jordan.


  1. Name
  2. Roccus
  3. Reggie Of Chester
  4. The Lady
  5. Little T
  6. Gaza Strip
  7. Stand By
  8. Hank's Shout
  9. Nostalgia
  10. Bet
  11. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
  12. P.S. I Love You
  13. Easy Living
  14. That's All
  15. Touch And Go
  16. Double Whammy
  17. Barrel Of Funk
  18. Mobleymania
  19. Whisper Not
  20. Latin Hangover
  21. His Sister
  22. Slightly Hip
  23. Where Am I
  24. D's Fink
  25. Hasaan's Dream
  26. Domingo
  27. I Remember Clifford
  28. Mesabi Chant
  29. Tip-Toeing
  30. The Way You Look Tonight
  31. Ball Bearing
  32. All The Things You Are
  33. Smoke Stack
  34. City Lights
  35. Tempo De Waltz
  36. You're Mine You
  37. Just By Myself
  38. Kin Folks
  39. Blue Train
  40. Moment's Notice
  41. Locomotion
  42. I'm Old Fashioned
  43. Lazy Bird
  44. Candy
  45. Since I Fell For You
  46. C.T.A.
  47. All The Way
  48. Who Do You Love I Hope
  49. Personality
  50. High And Flighty
  51. Speak Low
  52. Peckin' Time
  53. Stretchin' Out
  54. Git-Go Blues
  55. A Night In Tunisia
  56. Heavy Dipper
  57. Just One Of Those Things
  58. Lover Man
  59. New-Ma
  60. These Are Soulful Days
  61. The Lion And The Wolff
  62. Midtown Blues
  63. Nakatini Suite
  64. Seeds Of Sin
  65. Scourn'
  66. Fat Lady
  67. Peaches And Cream
  68. That's Right
  69. Raggedy Ann
  70. A Waltz For Fran
  71. Lee-Sure Time
  72. Little Spain
  73. Take Twelve
  74. Second's Best
  75. Terrible "T"
  76. Mogie
  77. I'm A Fool To Want You
  78. Running Brook
  79. Off Spring
  80. Bess
  81. Expoobident
  82. Easy Living
  83. Triple Track
  84. Fire
  85. Just In Time
  86. The Hearing
  87. Lost And Found
  88. Au Privave
  89. Lover Man
  90. Just Friends
  91. Blues After All
  92. Moanin'
  93. Are You Real
  94. Along Came Betty
  95. THE DRUM THUNDER SUITE: 1st Theme: Drum Thunder + 2nd Theme: Cry a Blue Tear + 3rd Theme: Harlem´s Disciples
  96. Blues March
  97. Come Rain Or Come Shine
  98. A Night In Tunisia
  99. Sincerely Diana
  100. So Tired
  101. Yama
  102. Kozo's Waltz
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