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.
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 Maupin, Harold Mabern, Jymie Merritt, and Mickey Roker, recorded at the Lighthouse Café in Hermosa Beach, California 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 Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Billy Higgins.
8. Candy (1958)
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 Mobley, Hank Jones, Doug 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 Maupin, Cedar Walton, Reggie 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 Shorter, Harold Mabern, Bob 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 Silver, Paul Chambers and Charlie Persip.
3. The Sidewinder (1963)
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 Hancock, Billy Higgins, Jackie McLean, Hank 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.