Lee Morgan: Bess

Track

Bess

Artist

Lee Morgan (trumpet)

CD

Here's Lee Morgan (Koch International 8554)

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Musicians:

Lee Morgan (trumpet), Clifford Jordan (tenor sax), Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Art Blakey (drums).

Composed by Lee Morgan

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Recorded: New York, February 3, 1960

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Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

At first glance, Lee Morgan seems an odd inductee to the Harmon Hall of Fame. A hard-bop stalwart, Morgan's style derived from Clifford Brown, not Miles Davis, meaning extrovert not introvert. But Lee didn't compromise his approach merely by inserting a mute. After blending with the too-little-heard Clifford Jordan in stating Lee's jaunty tune, the trumpeter softens the rough edges of his hard-bop solo just enough to suit the happy occasion. Plus, wonder of wonders, the actively volcanic Mt. Blakey simmers down with wire brushes instead of his customary giant sequoia sticks. This track is worthwhile if only for that!

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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