Lee Morgan (with Bobby Timmons): Lover Man
Lee Morgan (trumpet)
The Cooker (Blue Note 1578)
Pepper Adams (baritone sax), Paul Chambers (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums).
Composed by James Edward Davis, Ram Ramirez & Jimmy Sherman.
Recorded: Hackensack, NJ, September 29, 1957
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
Prior to his official membership in the Jazz Messengers with 1958's Moanin', Lee Morgan released some of his most revered early sessions as a leader, from City Lights to Candy to this late-'57 release, The Cooker. The unique baritone/trumpet front line combined with the exceptional rhythm section makes this a must-listen. At the top of his game, Morgan could improvise some of the most complete, structured solos the genre has ever heard, and his solo statement over this classic ballad demonstrates that gift.
Reviewer: Eric Novod