Lee Morgan Expoobident
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- Released: July 29, 2002
- Label: JVC Japan
Down Beat - 3/93, p.405 Stars - Excellent - "...Here's the fiery young trumpeter ablaze; even on the medium-swingers he literally blasts out at you. Even when muted Morgan retains his force..."
Down Beat - 5/01, p.734 stars out of 5 - "...The chukka-booted trumpet giant, then 22, uses space and dynamics more judiciously than on his late '50s Blue Notes, while sacrificing not an iota of intensity....Higgins and bassist Art Davis are a rock-solid, if not proactive, tandem."
- 2.Easy Living
- 3.Triple Track
- 5.Just in Time
- 7.Lost & Found
- 8.Expoobident (Take 3)
- 9.Triple Track (Take 16)
- 10.Fire (Take 8)
- 11.Just in Time (Take 11)
This reissue contains only the second session of the two that were previously issued as the Le Jazz/Charly (39) release of EXPOOBIDENT. This edition lists that session as being recorded on October 14, 1960 whereas the previous release states that it was recorded on October 13.
Personnel: Lee Morgan (trumpet); Clifford Jordan (tenor saxophone); Eddie Higgins (piano); Art Davis (bass); Art Blakey (drums).
Reissue producers: Donald Elfman, Naomi Yoshii.
Recorded at Universal Recorders, Chicago, Illinois on October 14, 1960. Originally released on Vee Jay (3015). Includes liner notes by Leonard Feather.
Personnel: Lee Morgan (trumpet); Clifford Jordan (tenor saxophone); Wynton Kelly, Eddie Higgins (piano); Paul Chambers, Art Davis (bass); Art Blakey (drums).
Recorded in New York, New York on February 2, 1960 and in Chicago, Illinois on October 13, 1960. Includes liner notes by Brian Priestley.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
The Japanese special-edition release features a vinyl-inspired design.
CD comes in Jpn LP Sleeve.
Although not one of his better known albums, Lee Morgan's EXPOOBIDENT is a strong outing in the still-early stages of the trumpeter's career. The oddly titled session, originally recorded for the Vee Jay label, is an excellent showcase for Morgan's developing style as one of the premier hard bop trumpeters. Also on the date are other heavy-duty boppers like the big-toned tenor man Clifford Jordan, bassist Art Davis, the great Art Blakey on drums, and the underrated pianist Eddie Higgins. The young Morgan is the central figure, however, and smartly displays his wares in swinging fashion.
Morgan sports a tighter focus to his approach on this date, reigning in his usual over-the-top blowing reserved for Blakey's Jazz Messenger sessions. His soloing is melodic, crisp, and neatly controlled for the most part. This makes for some shining passages that clearly illustrate the trumpeter's major contribution to the hard bop genre. From his driving, speech-like punches and drawls on swingers like bluesy "Triple Track" to his Miles Davis-ish muted whisper on the classic "Just In Time," Morgan presents a wide range of expression like only he could. Also included in this edition are four bonus alternate takes that are of equal value.
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