Lee Morgan – The Procrastinator

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In 1961 Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter formed the frontline of one of the greatest versions of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. In 1967 they had a reunion for The Procrastinator, showing just how much they both had grown through the years. Morgan, who had a major hit with “The Sidewinder” a few years earlier, had broken away from the Clifford Brown trumpet tradition to become a brash, adventurous and consistently stunning soloist who perfectly symbolized the era. Morgan’s brand of forward-looking hard bop was influenced by free jazz and put a premium on uninhibited self-expression. Shorter sounded unlike anyone else and wrote highly original compositions. Playing in a sextet with Bobby Hutcherson and Herbie Hancock, Morgan and Shorter contributed all of the songs which include the funky “Party Time” (which could have been a hit for Horace Silver) and other pieces that push hard bop to its limit. The results are exhilarating, vital and timeless.

Personnel: Lee Morgan (trumpet); Herbie Hancock (piano); Ron Carter (bass); Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone); Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone); Billy Higgins (drums).

Tracklist

01. The Procastinator
02. Party Time
03. Dear Sir
04. Stopstart
05. Rio
06. Soft Touch

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3 Responses to “Lee Morgan – The Procrastinator”

  1. daniel says:

    one of the best jazz albuns i ever heard.!!
    and maybe the one i most listened to.

    all-star lineup and all in top form.
    beautiful tunes

    HIGHLY RECOMENDED

    terrific post.!

  2. hasan says:

    Thank you my friend, I’m avid follower of your blog. Excellent choices always

  3. Kurt says:

    You’ve got some great shit here, lee morgan is indeed timeless. Thanks

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