Monday, June 26, 2017

Lee Morgan - Search for the New Land

Trumpeter Lee Morgan was a jazz star when he was still in his teens, and his conception developed impressively throughout his short career. (He was only 33 when he was murdered.) My favorite Lee Morgan album, Search for the New Land, was recorded after The Sidewinder, the title tune of which was an unexpected hit. Probably because New Land didn't have a catchy opening number similar to "The Sidewinder," it was shelved for a couple of years. But it was too good not to release. The all-star band (Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Grant Green, Reggie Workman, and Billy Higgins) handles Morgan's originals with aplomb, and the album bristles with inspiration.

My copy is somewhat battered, but in the manner of many Blue Note pressings, it still sounds very good. Here's the opening track from side two, "Mr. Kenyatta."

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