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Lee Morgan

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 15 November 2011

Ken Clarke, QC, MP returns with another series of Jazz Greats. Joining Ken in the studio for this first instalment is the lecturer and musician Ian Smith. Their subject: the American hard-bop trumpeter Lee Morgan.

Lee Morgan's tense, urgent trumpet with his searing high register and funky timing was the essence of harp-bop. He became a professional musician in his late teens when he joined Dizzy Gillespie's big band in 1956. It was the perfect launch-pad for his career and he went on to play with some of the best in the genre: Art Blakey, John Coltrane and Benny Golson. Perhaps most known for his landmark album "The Sidewinder," Morgan became one of the legendary Jazz label Blue Note's best loved stars.
He may have been blessed with musical talent but the rest of Morgan's life was something of a mess. A crippling heroin addiction hampered his recording career and resulted in a painful encounter with gangsters. While the unfortunate tangle of his personal relationships brought about his rather dramatic demise.

Music Played

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    Lee Morgan The Sidewinder

    Artist: Joe HENDERSON - Tenor Saxophone Artist: Barry HARRIS - Piano Artist: Bob CRANSHAW - Double bass Artist: Billy HIGGINS – Drums

    The Sidewinder, Blue Note, CDP 784157200

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    Lee Morgan Hocus Pocus

    Artist: Joe HENDERSON - Tenor Saxophone Artist: Barry HARRIS - Piano Artist: Bob CRANSHAW - Double bass Artist: Billy HIGGINS – Drums

    The Sidewinder, Blue Note, CDP 784157201

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    Lee Morgan Little T

    Artist: Clarence SHARPE - Alto Saxophone Artist: Horace SILVER - Piano Artist: Wilbur WARE - Bass Artist: Philly Joe JONES – Drums

    Lee Morgan Indeed!, Blue Note, BLP-153802

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    Lee Morgan A Night in Tunisia

    Artist: Dizzy Gillespie Big Band

    Dizzy Gillespie at Newport, Verve, 060251741607903

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    Lee Morgan Whisper Not

    Artist: KENNY RODGERS - Alto Saxophone Artist: HANK MOBLEY - Tenor Saxophone Artist: Horace SILVER - Piano Artist: Paul CHAMBERS - Bass Guitar Artist: Charlie PERSIP – Drums

    Lee Morgan Sextet, Blue Note, BLP 154110:2910

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    Lee Morgan Blue Train

    Artist: JOHN COLTRANE - Tenor Saxophone Artist: Curtis FULLER - Trombone Artist: Kenny DREW - Piano Artist: Paul CHAMBERS - Double bass Artist: Philly Joe JONES – Drums

    Blue Train, Blue Note, CDP-746095212

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    Lee Morgan Moanin'

    Artist: Art BLAKEY - Drums Artist: Benny GOLSON - Tenor Saxophone Artist: Bobby TIMMONS - Piano Artist: Jymie MERRITT - Double bass

    The Best of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Blue Note, CDP 293205721

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    Lee Morgan Like Someone In Love

    Artist: Wayne SHORTER - Saxophone Artist: Bobby TIMMONS - Piano Artist: Jymie MERRITT - Double bass Artist: Art BLAKEY – Drums

    Like Someone in Love, Blue Note, CDP 784245223

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    Lee Morgan Since I Fell For You

    Artist: Sonny CLARK - Piano Artist: Art TAYLOR - Drums Artist: Doug WATKINS - Double bass

    Candy, BLUE NOTE, CDP-746508224:1524:1501:14

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    Lee Morgan The Sidewinder

    Artist: Joe HENDERSON - Saxophone Artist: Barry HARRIS - Piano Artist: Bob CRANSHAW - Double bass Artist: Billy HIGGINS – Drums

    The Sidewinder, Blue Note, CDP 784157225

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    Lee Morgan Search for the New Land

    Artist: Wayne SHORTER - Tenor Saxophone Artist: GRANT GREEN - Guitar Artist: HERBIE HANCOCK - Piano Artist: Reggie WORKMAN - Double bass Artist: Billy HIGGINS – Drums

    Search for the New Land, Blue Note, 91-98626

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    Lee Morgan Ca-Lee-So

    Artist: Joe HENDERSON - Tenor Saxophone Artist: McCoy TYLER - Piano Artist: Bob CRANSHAW - Double bass Artist: Billy HIGGINS – Drums

    Delightfulee, BLUE NOTE, 0946392-7702527

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    Lee Morgan Yesterday

    Artist: McCoy TYLER - Piano Artist: Bob CRANSHAW - Double bass Artist: Oliver NELSON - Director Artist: Lee Morgan Big Band Artist: Philly Joe JONES – Drums

    Delightfulee, BLUE NOTE, 0946392-7702529

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    Lee Morgan The Beehive

    Artist: Bennie MAUPIN – Flute, Bass clarinet & Tenor Saxophone Artist: Harold MABERN - Piano Artist: Jymie MERRITT - Double bass Artist: Mickey ROKER – Drums

    Live at the Lighthouse, Blue Note, BST-8990630

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    Lee Morgan Neophilia

    Artist: Bennie MAUPIN – Flute, Bass clarinet & Tenor Saxophone Artist: Harold MABERN - Piano Artist: Jymie MERRITT - Double bass Artist: Mickey ROKER – Drums

    Live at the Lighthouse, Blue Note, BST-8990631:4031

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    Lee Morgan The Rumproller

    Artist: Joe HENDERSON - Tenor Saxophone Artist: Ronnie MATTHEWS - Piano Artist: Victor SPROLES - Double bass Artist: Billy HIGGINS – Drums

    The Rumproller, Blue Note, BST 84199

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