Lee Morgan – Charisma

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This set was one of trumpeter Lee Morgan’s lesser-known Blue Note recordings but it is quite rewarding. The notable sextet (which also includes altoist Jackie McLean, Hank Mobley on tenor, pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Billy Higgins) performs originals by Morgan, Walton and Duke Pearson, including particularly catchy versions of the funky “Hey Chico” and Pearson’s memorable “Sweet Honey Bee” (which should have become a hit). The three horns, all of whom sound quite individual, each have their exciting moments, and the results are quintessential mid-’60s hard bop.

Personnel: Lee Morgan (trumpet); Jackie McLean (alto sax); Hank Mobley (tenor sax); Cedar Walton (piano); Paul Chambers (bass); Billy Higgins (drums).

Tracklist

01. Hey Chico
02. Somethin’ Cute
03. Rainy Night
04. Sweet Honey Bee
05. The Murphy Man
06. The Double Up

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