Mojo (Publisher) - 12/03, p.1344 stars out of 5
- "[T]he disc brims with the strength and sensitivity that made Morgan one of the greatest trumpet players in jazz."
Personnel: Lee Morgan (trumpet); David "Fathead" Newman, George Coleman (tenor saxophone); Julian Prester (trombone); Cedar Walton, Harold Mabern (piano); Ron Carter, Walter Booker (bass); Billy Higgins, Mickey Roker (drums).
Recorded at The Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on April 14 & 28, 1967 and on September 12 and October 10, 1969. Originally released on Blue Note (987) and BNLA (582-2). Includes liner notes by Michael Cuscuna, Bob Blumenthal.
Personnel: David "Fathead" Newman (tenor saxophone); Lee Morgan Quintet (trumpet); Julian Priester (trombone); Harold Mabern, Cedar Walton (piano); Mickey Roker, Billy Higgins (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Michael Cuscuna; Bob Blumenthal.
Recording information: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NY (01/14/1967-10/10/1969).
Photographer: Francis Wolff.
Sonic Boom was not released until 1979 and then remained in print only for a brief time before eventually being reissued years later. In addition to the great trumpeter Lee Morgan and a fine rhythm section (pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Billy Higgins), the well-rounded set is a bit special for it allows the often R&B-associated tenor David "Fathead" Newman an opportunity to stretch out in a more challenging setting than usual. Highlights include the funky "Fathead," the complex "Sneaky Pete," Morgan's lyricism on "I'll Never Be the Same," and the infectious rhythms on "Mumbo Jumbo." This is an undeservedly obscure session. ~ Scott Yanow