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 teenage Morgan a few lessons before Brown’s untimely death in a car accident.
Morgan began his recording career as a leader in 1956 for the Blue Note label. He would cut a total of 25 albums for the company. The trumpeter joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1958, where he further developed his talents as a soloist and composer. 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. Presented here is his complete 1960 LP Here’s Lee Morgan, which showcases him in a quintet format accompanied by such stars as Clifford Jordan, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Art Blakey, who was Morgan’s boss at that time.
1 TERRIBLE “T” (Lee Morgan) 5:13
2 MOGIE (Lee Morgan) 7:41
3 I’M A FOOL TO WANT YOU (Frank Sinatra-Jack Wolf-Joel Herron) 5:35
4 SINCE I FELL FOR YOU (Buddy Johnson) 5:37*
1 RUNNING BROOK (Wayne Shorter) 6:08
2 OFF SPRING (Milt Jackson) 6:18
3 BESS (Lee Morgan) 6:29
4 PERSONALITY (Johnny Burke-Jimmy Van Heusen) 6:16*
LEE MORGAN, trumpet & flugelhorn
CLIFFORD JORDAN, tenor sax
WYNTON KELLY, piano
PAUL CHAMBERS, bass
ART BLAKEY, drums
New York, February 3, 1960.