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Lee Morgan
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1938-07-10
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Biography

Morgan's tense, urgent, trumpet, with his searing high register, human-voiced half-valve effects, and his dancing, funky, timing, was the essence of hard-bop. His fast lane lifestyle, which ended when he was shot dead at Slug's in New York, also came ...

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Morgan's tense, urgent, trumpet, with his searing high register, human-voiced half-valve effects, and his dancing, funky, timing, was the essence of hard-bop. His fast lane lifestyle, which ended when he was shot dead at Slug's in New York, also came to epitomise the music that he made famous through such hit albums as The Sidewinder. Morgan's career took off in his late teens, when he joined Dizzy Gillespie's big band in 1956.

Gillespie was always a generous teacher, and allowed his young protege plenty of solo space, giving him a perfect launch pad to join Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in 1958 - a band with which he'd played occasionally before his time with Dizzy. With Blakey, Morgan formed a great partnership with tenorist Benny Golson, and their shared sense of timing and musical rapport is obvious on the album Moanin', both on the title track and on numbers such as Blues March.

Morgan stayed with Blakey until 1961, returning to his native Philadelphia for a few years until he rejoined the band in 1964 for a further year and a bit. By this time, Morgan had made a highly regarded series of albums under his own name for Blue Note, and the funky title track of the Sidewinder (1963) had become a hit. This disc was followed my several others including Cornbread, the Rajah, and the Gigolo, plus a marvellous live session from the Los Angeles Lighthouse club that captures Morgan's dynamic style in live performance.

He also recorded widely as a freelance, appearing on John Coltrane's Blue Train album as well as discs by saxophonists Hank Mobley and Wayne Shorter. His style included elements drawn from Dizzy Gillespie and Clifford Brown, but his own personality shone through, both in his wide, crackling tone, and his use of bluesy phrasing and effects.


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Edda
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Edda Edda Edda Edda
Joe Henderson, Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Bobby Hutcherson, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter & Joe Chambers
Caribbean Fire Dance
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Caribbean Fire Dance Caribbean Fire Dance Caribbean Fire Dance Caribbean Fire Dance
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Whisper Not
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Whisper Not Whisper Not Whisper Not Whisper Not
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Rainy Night
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Rainy Night Rainy Night Rainy Night Rainy Night
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Davisamba
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Davisamba Davisamba Davisamba Davisamba
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The Sidewinder
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The Sidewinder The Sidewinder The Sidewinder The Sidewinder
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Sidewinder
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Sidewinder Sidewinder Sidewinder Sidewinder
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Short Count
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Short Count Short Count Short Count Short Count
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Yesterday
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Yesterday Yesterday Yesterday Yesterday
Barry Harris, Joe Henderson, Lee Morgan, Bob Cranshaw & Billy Higgins
Gary's Notebook
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Gary's Notebook Gary's Notebook Gary's Notebook Gary's Notebook
Art Blakey, Benny Golson, Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons & Jymie Merritt
Blues March
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Blues March Blues March Blues March Blues March
Art Blakey, Benny Golson, Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons & Jymie Merritt
Along Came Betty
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Along Came Betty Along Came Betty Along Came Betty Along Came Betty
Art Blakey, Benny Golson, Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons & Jymie Merritt
Are You Real
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Are You Real Are You Real Are You Real Are You Real
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The Sidewinder
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The Sidewinder The Sidewinder The Sidewinder The Sidewinder
Billy Higgins, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Harold Mabern & Bob Cranshaw
Trapped
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Trapped Trapped Trapped Trapped

Trapped

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Billy Higgins, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Harold Mabern & Bob Cranshaw
Billy Higgins, Barry Harris, Joe Henderson, Lee Morgan & Bob Cranshaw
Boy, What A Night
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Boy, What A Night Boy, What A Night Boy, What A Night Boy, What A Night

Boy, What A Night

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Billy Higgins, Barry Harris, Joe Henderson, Lee Morgan & Bob Cranshaw
Larry Ridle, Billy Higgins, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan, Lee Morgan & Herbie Hancock
Ceora
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Ceora Ceora Ceora Ceora

Ceora

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Larry Ridle, Billy Higgins, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan, Lee Morgan & Herbie Hancock
Billy Higgins, Herbie Hancock, Lee Morgan, Reggie Workman, Wayne Shorter & Grant Green
Melancholee
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Melancholee Melancholee Melancholee Melancholee

Melancholee

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Billy Higgins, Herbie Hancock, Lee Morgan, Reggie Workman, Wayne Shorter & Grant Green
Billy Higgins, Joe Henderson, Barry Harris, Lee Morgan & Bob Cranshaw
The Sidewinder
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The Sidewinder The Sidewinder The Sidewinder The Sidewinder

The Sidewinder

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Billy Higgins, Joe Henderson, Barry Harris, Lee Morgan & Bob Cranshaw
Art Blakey, Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton & Reggie Workman
Calling Miss Khadija (feat. Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton & Reggie Workman)
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Calling Miss Khadija (feat. Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton & Reggie Workman) Calling Miss Khadija (feat. Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton & Reggie Workman) Calling Miss Khadija (feat. Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton & Reggie Workman) Calling Miss Khadija (feat. Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton & Reggie Workman)
Paul Chambers, John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Kenny Drew & Philly Joe Jones
Blue Train
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Blue Train Blue Train Blue Train Blue Train

Blue Train

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Paul Chambers, John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Kenny Drew & Philly Joe Jones
Billy Mitchell, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Kelly & Charlie Persip
That's All
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That's All That's All That's All That's All

That's All

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Billy Mitchell, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Kelly & Charlie Persip
Lee Morgan
Since I Fell For You
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Since I Fell For You Since I Fell For You Since I Fell For You Since I Fell For You
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C.T.A
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C.T.A C.T.A C.T.A C.T.A
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Morgan the Pirate
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Morgan the Pirate Morgan the Pirate Morgan the Pirate Morgan the Pirate
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You Go To My Head
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You Go To My Head You Go To My Head You Go To My Head You Go To My Head
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Rite of Swing
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Rite of Swing Rite of Swing Rite of Swing Rite of Swing
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Somthin' Cute
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Somthin' Cute Somthin' Cute Somthin' Cute Somthin' Cute
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The Rumproller
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The Rumproller The Rumproller The Rumproller The Rumproller
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Neophilia
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Neophilia Neophilia Neophilia Neophilia
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The Beehive
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The Beehive The Beehive The Beehive The Beehive
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Ca-Lee-So
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Ca-Lee-So Ca-Lee-So Ca-Lee-So Ca-Lee-So
Lee Morgan
Search for the New Land
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Search for the New Land Search for the New Land Search for the New Land Search for the New Land
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