About Lee Morgan
One of hard bop's greatest trumpeters, and indeed one of the finest of the 1960s, Lee Morgan boasted an effortless technique and a full, supple, muscular tone that was just as powerful in the high register. His playing was always emotionally charged: cocky and exuberant on uptempo groovers, blistering on bop showcases, sweet and sensitive on ballads. A member of both Dizzy Gillespie's big band and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Morgan recorded his first two classic albums for Blue Note during 1957 and 1958: The Cooker and Candy. He broke through to a wider audience with his classic 1963 album Sidewinder, whose title track introduced the soulful, boogaloo jazz sound. Toward the end of his career, Morgan (who was shot to death in 1972) was increasingly moving into modal music and free bop, hinting at the avant-garde but remaining grounded in tradition, a sound showcased on his 1970 concert album Live at the Lighthouse.
BORNJuly 10, 1938