Just look at that rhythm section. One of the best in the business. The personnel on Lee Morgan’s 1980 album make this one valuable right from its opening bars. George Benson only appears on three tracks, but Morgan’s regular sidekick Bennie Maupin was in his prime. As was Morgan and the rhythm section. John Hicks, Reggie Workman and Billy Higgins each offer a unique sound while fitting Lee Morgan’s upbeat mold. Recorded February 15, 1968 but released in 1980, the session has everybody stretching out in hard bop fashion with solos around the room. Four of Morgan’s compositions, one from Hicks and one by Cal Massey provide ample variety as well.
Two arrangements drive forcefully in hard bop fashion and two settle down gently as ballads, while the remaining two stand out as gospel-tinged swingers. Recommended, Taru is a part of Blue Note’s Connoisseur CD Series, a Limited Edition. Its 24-bit resolution offers an excellent source of sound from each member of Morgan’s quintet. This LP reissue clocks in at 38:09, but what’s accomplished in that relatively short time counts for much more.
Track Listing: Avotcja One; Haeschen; Dee Lawd; Get Yourself Together (Get Yo
Personnel: Lee Morgan- trumpet; Bennie Maupin- tenor saxophone; John Hicks- piano; Reggie Workman- bass; Billy Higgins- drums; George Benson- guitar on "Avotcja One," "Durem" and "Dee Lawd."
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.