Top 10 Lee Morgan Albums To Add To Your Collection.

One of the key hard bop musicians of the 1960s, Morgan came to prominence in his late teens, recording on John Coltrane‘s Blue Train (1957) and with the band of drummer Art Blakey before launching a solo career. Morgan stayed with Blakey until 1961 and started to record as leader soon after. His song “The Sidewinder“, on the album of the same name, became a surprise crossover hit on the pop and R&B charts in 1964, while Morgan’s recordings found him touching on other styles of music as his artistry matured. Soon after The Sidewinder was released, Morgan rejoined Blakey for a short period. After leaving Blakey for the final time, Morgan continued to work prolifically as both a leader and a sideman with the likes of Hank Mobley and Wayne Shorter, becoming a cornerstone of the Blue Notelabel.[1]

Morgan’s career was cut short at the age of 33 when his common-law wife Helen shot and killed him following a confrontation at Slug’s Saloon. More on Wikipedia

10. Live At The Lighthouse (1970)

Live at the Lighthouse is a live album by jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan, released on the Blue Note label. The album features a quintet of Morgan, Bennie MaupinHarold MabernJymie Merritt, and Mickey Roker, recorded at the Lighthouse Café in Hermosa BeachCalifornia in July 1970. (Jack DeJohnette replaces Roker on drums on “Speedball.”)

9. The Procrastinator (1967)

The Procrastinator is an album by jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan released posthumously on the Blue Note label, featuring performances by Morgan, Wayne ShorterBobby HutchersonHerbie HancockRon Carter and Billy Higgins.

8. Candy (1958)

Candy is an album by jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan released on the Blue Note label in 1958, featuring performances by Morgan, Sonny ClarkDoug Watkins and Art Taylor.

7. Introducing Lee Morgan (1956)

Introducing Lee Morgan is an album by jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan with Hank Mobley‘s quintet released on the Savoy label. It was recorded on November 5 and 7, 1956, and features performances by Morgan with Hank MobleyHank JonesDoug Watkins and Art Taylor.

6. Caramba (1968)

¡Caramba! is an album by jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan, released on the Blue Note label in 1968. It features performances by Morgan, Bennie MaupinCedar WaltonReggie Workman and Billy Higgins with arrangements by Cal Massey.

5. The Gigolo (1965)

The Gigolo is an album by jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan released on the Blue Note label in 1966. It was recorded on June 25 & July 1, 1965 and features performances by Morgan with a quintet featuring Wayne ShorterHarold MabernBob Cranshaw and Billy Higgins.

4. Lee Morgan Sextet (1956)

Lee Morgan Sextet (also known as Lee Morgan Volume 2: Sextet) is an album by jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan released on the Blue Note label in 1957. It was recorded on December 2, 1956 and features performances by Morgan, Hank Mobley, Kenny Rodgers, Horace SilverPaul Chambers and Charlie Persip.

3. The Sidewinder (1963)

The Sidewinder is a 1964 album by the jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan, recorded at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood, New Jersey, U.S. It was released on the Blue Note label as BLP 4157 and BST 84157.

The title track, “The Sidewinder“, was one of the defining recordings of the soul jazz genre, becoming a jazz standard. An edited version was released as a single.

The album became Blue Note’s best-selling record ever, breaking the previous sales record roughly ten times over. 

2. Cornbread (1965)

Cornbread is a jazz album by trumpeter Lee Morgan, released on the Blue Note label in 1967. It features performances by Morgan, Herbie HancockBilly HigginsJackie McLeanHank Mobley and Larry Ridley.

1. Search for the New Land (1964)

Search for the New Land is an album by jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan. A set with a group of regular Blue Note sidemen, Search for the New Land was recorded before The Sidewinder was released and is considered more abstract than its predecessor.

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