180 Gram Gatefold LP
Born in Philadelphia on July 10, 1938, Lee Morgan’s career lasted from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. Originally interested in the vibraphone, he eventually showed a growing enthusiasm for the trumpet. His primary stylistic influence was Clifford Brown, who gave the teenager a few lessons before his untimely death in a car accident. Morgan joined the Dizzy Gillespie big band at 18, and remained a member for a year and a half, until the group was forced to disband in 1958. He began his recording career as a leader in 1956 for the Blue Note label. He would record a total of 25 albums for the company. Morgan joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1958, where he further developed his talents as a soloist and composer. Blakey is heard along with Morgan in Expoobident, presented here, which features a strong hard bop quintet that also includes Eddie Higgins on piano, Art Davis on bass, and Clifford Jordan on tenor saxophone. Morgan’s death was tragic. On the evening of February 19, 1972, he was shot by his girlfriend following an argument between sets at Slug’s, a popular New York City jazz club. He was only 33.
1 EXPOOBIDENT (Eddie Higgins) 5:00
2 EASY LIVING (Leo Robin-Ralph Rainger) 5:57
3 TRIPLE TRACK (Lee Morgan) 5:01
1 FIRE (Wayne Shorter) 4:50
2 JUST IN TIME (Betty Comden-Adolph Green-Jule Styne) 3:32
3 THE HEARING (Clifford Jordan) 3:39
4 LOST AND FOUND (Clifford Jordan) 3:34
5 BLUES POUR DOUDOU (Art Blakey-Benny Golson) 3:15*
LEE MORGAN, trumpet
CLIFFORD JORDAN, tenor sax
EDDIE HIGGINS, piano
ART DAVIS, bass
ART BLAKEY, drums
Chicago, October 13, 1960.
Clifford Jordan out on A2.