The Complete Recordings: 1956-1962

The Complete Recordings: 1956-1962

by Lee Morgan


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A firebrand trumpeter who recorded as a leader almost from the very start of his career, Lee Morgan is perhaps best known for his colorfully titled and roiling, go-go funk-inflected '60s Blue Note sessions The Sidewinder, The Rumproller, and The Gigolo. However, by the time those albums were released, Morgan had already delivered well over ten studio albums, not to mention his sideman dates. The 2015 anthology The Complete Recordings: 1956-1962 brings together all of the legendary trumpeter's recordings for such labels as Blue Note, Savoy, and Vee-Jay. These are albums Morgan recorded early in his career while he was also a member of such storied ensembles as the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band and, later, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Blessed with a rounded tone and lithe technique that he employed in his own distinctive, serpentine fashion, Morgan quickly rose to the top level of jazz stars well before his 21st birthday. In fact, as an 18-year-old disciple of trumpeter Clifford Brown, the Philadelphia-born Morgan was already blowing the pants off most of his peers on his 1956 debut, Indeed! He quickly followed up with such similarly invigorating albums as 1956's Introducing Lee Morgan, 1957's City Lights, 1957's Candy, and 1960's Lee-Way. Joined on these dates by such luminaries as pianist Horace Silver, tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, pianist Sonny Clark, drummer Philly Joe Jones, tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, and others, Morgan never failed to surround himself with the best players on the scene. As a result, these sessions remain some of the hardest-blowing jazz dates of the '50s and '60s.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2015
Label: Enlightenment
UPC: 0823564644622
catalogNumber: 69033
Rank: 55529

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lee Morgan   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Gigi Gryce   Composer
Jimmy Heath   Composer
Elmo Hope   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Hank Mobley   Composer
Lee Morgan   Composer
Fats Navarro   Composer
Horace Silver   Composer
Bobby Timmons   Composer
Doug Watkins   Composer
Buddy Johnson   Composer
Cal Massey   Composer
Dick Haymes   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Alan Brandt   Composer
Donald Byrd   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Benny Golson   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Eddie Higgins   Composer
Clifford Jordan   Composer
Jackie McLean   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Frank Paparelli   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Owen Marshall   Composer
Jack Wolf   Composer
Joan Whitney   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Alex Kramer   Composer
Jimmy Davis   Composer
Joel Herron   Composer
James Sherman   Composer
Shorter   Composer
Sinatra   Composer

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