Lee Morgan: Whisper Not


Whisper Not


Lee Morgan (trumpet)


Volume 2: Sextet (Blue Note)

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Lee Morgan (trumpet), Kenny Rodgers (alto sax), Hank Mobley (tenor sax), Horace Silver (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Charlie Persip (drums).

Composed by Benny Golson


Recorded: Hackensack, NJ, December 2, 1956


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

Volume 2: Sextet features the first studio recording of Benny Golson's "Whisper Not," which is considered by many to be the highlight of Lee Morgan's second Blue Note release. At the age of 18, Morgan delivers a strong performance. While it's clear his roots in bebop are well developed, Morgan also shows great taste with his mature sense of time and the ability to implement catchy hooks in his playing, including a quote of "Pop Goes the Weasel." Morgan's solo is followed by the even younger Kenny Rodgers on alto, and tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, who will collaborate with Morgan frequently throughout his career. After a solo from Jazz Messengers pianist Horace Silver, this memorable hard-bop recording ends with a shout chorus that leads the sextet back into the final statement of Golson's now-famous melody.

Reviewer: Greg Marchand

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