Personnel: Lee Morgan (trumpet); Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone); Harold Mabern (piano); Bob Cranshaw (acoustic bass); Billy Higgins (drums).
Producer: Alfred Lion.
Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on June 25 and July 1, 1965. Includes liner notes by Nat Hentoff.
Personnel: Lee Morgan (trumpet); Lee Morgan; Harold Mabern (piano); Bob Cranshaw (upright bass); Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone); Billy Higgins (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Rudy Van Gelder.
Liner Note Author: Bob Blumenthal.
Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (06/25/1965/07/01/1965).
Photographer: Francis Wolff.
More quintessential hard bop from one of the genre's leading figures at the height of his considerable powers as a composer and trumpeter. Morgan had just returned to solo work a year earlier after his second stint with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers; in 1965 the trumpeter also released CORNBREAD and THE RUMPROLLER and did numerous sessions as a sideman. Morgan composed the title track, and three others including the Coots/Gillespie ballad "You Go To My Head" round things out.
"Yes I Can, No You Can't" opens with the rhythm section laying down a churning vamp; the horns enter with a typical Morgan statement, funky, swaggering and confident. "Speedball" is a bebop-style blues, but more relaxed, with a secondary theme appearing in the third chorus of the head. "Trapped," a modified minor blues, is more urgent, while "The Gigolo" is a brooding and majestic jazz waltz more evocative of a bullfight than of the ballroom. Throughout, the ensemble work is tight and the solos crackle with passion and joy.