Lee Morgan

Born 10 July 1938. Died 19 February 1972
Lee Morgan
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1938-07-10
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Lee Morgan

Lee Morgan Biography (BBC)

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.

Lee Morgan Biography (Wikipedia)

Lee Morgan (July 10, 1938 – February 19, 1972) was an American jazz trumpeter and composer.

One of the key hard bop musicians of the 1960s, Morgan came to prominence in his late teens, recording on John Coltrane's Blue Train (1957) and with the band of drummer Art Blakey before launching a solo career. Morgan stayed with Blakey until 1961 and started to record as leader soon after. His song "The Sidewinder", on the album of the same name, became a surprise crossover hit on the pop and R&B charts in 1964, while Morgan's recordings found him touching on other styles of music as his artistry matured. Soon after The Sidewinder was released, Morgan rejoined Blakey for a short period. After leaving Blakey for the final time, Morgan continued to work prolifically as both a leader and a sideman with the likes of Hank Mobley and Wayne Shorter, becoming a cornerstone of the Blue Note label.

Morgan's career was cut short at the age of 33 when his common-law wife Helen shot and killed him following a confrontation at Slug's Saloon, in New York City.

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Alex The Great
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Personality
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Personality
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Nite Flite
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Nite Flite
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Sweet Honey Bee
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Sweet Honey Bee
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The Sidewinder
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The Sidewinder
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I Remember Clifford
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I Remember Clifford
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The Sidewinder (Part 1)
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The Sidewinder (Part 1)
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Cornbread
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Cornbread
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Rainy Night
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Rainy Night
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The Hearing
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The Hearing
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Once in a Lifetime
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Once in a Lifetime
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Whisper Not
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Whisper Not
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Since I fell for you
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Since I fell for you
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C T A
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C T A
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Psychadelic
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Psychadelic
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You Go To My Head
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You Go To My Head
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Search for the New Land
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Search for the New Land
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Yes I Can, No I Can't
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Yes I Can, No I Can't
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A Bid For Sid
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A Bid For Sid
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Angela
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Angela
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Bess
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Bess
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Ddt
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Ddt
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