Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Lee Morgan - The Sixth Sense

Lee Morgan was one of the most accomplished hard bop trumpet players of his time. He contributed and led on some of jazz music's greatest recordings during the fifties, sixties, and early seventies. Unfortunately the brilliant musician's life was cut short when he was shot by his wife in 1972 after an altercation before a performance at Slugs', which was a famous jazz club located in New York City's East Village.

There are plenty of great records by the trumpeter worth noting, however today I thought I would feature one of my all-time favorites in The Sixth Sense. This album, which was released by Blue Note in 1967 features a number of great progressive hard bop gems including Cedar Walton's amazing composition "Afreaka", "Psychedelic", "Anti Climax", Cal Massey's "The Cry of the People" and the solid title track "The Sixth Sense". The recording features an outstanding line-up of jazz heavyweights' including Jackie McLean (alto saxophone), Frank Mitchell (tenor saxophone), Cedar Walton (piano), Victor Sproles (bass), and Billy Higgins on drums. Overall, one of Lee Morgan's finest recordings as a leader (which is definitely saying a lot!).

Lee Morgan - Afreaka

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