Lee Morgan: Cornbread




Lee Morgan (trumpet)


Cornbread (Blue Note 84222)

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Lee Morgan (trumpet), Jackie McLean (alto sax), Hank Mobley (tenor sax), Herbie Hancock (piano), Larry Ridley (bass), Billy Higgins (drums).

Composed by Lee Morgan


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, September 18, 1965


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Though Lee Morgan never scored another hit after 1963's "The Sidewinder," he continued to churn out some of the grooviest cuts in the Blue Note archives. "Cornbread" was one of his catchiest. The trumpeter explodes into his solo and then sassily slides and smears his was through three downright filthy choruses. Hank Mobley—whom critic Leonard Feather dubbed the "middleweight champion of the tenor saxophone"—sounds pumped up for a title bout. Morgan may captain this ship but his rhythm section is roiling the waters. Hancock lays down some of his funkiest comping on record, and Higgins's sturdy R&B groove carries the band while his punchy snare drum pokes at each soloist, inspiring some spirited blowing.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic

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