Trumpeter Lee Morgan: "Lee-Way"


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This is the second album in our November series of recordings that were slagged and low rated when they first were reviewed. This one was especially undeserving of a 2 star (out of 5) review. It contains some of the best playing by all concerned in this fabulous quintet. The date comprises of four long tunes so there is plenty of blowing room by the soloists. There is a cohesion and a unity of purpose with this session too unlike some blowing dates. Young trumpet sensation Lee Morgan heads the date and at age 21, he displays a maturity well beyond his years. Jackie McLean, one of the most individual voices of the alto saxophone joins Lee for the first time on records and they blend beautifully. Bobby Timmons is on piano and he delivers. Both Morgan and Timmons were in the Jazz Messengers at this time...April 1960. Bassist Paul Chambers is a tower of strength and Lee's boss Art Blakey drives and inspires the band to great heights. Four interesting tunes fill the date but no ballads. No matter the whole date works and once you hear you'll realize that the initial rating of 2 stars was totally wrong. Lee-Way is the right way!

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