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Lee Morgan: Taru

Jim Santella By

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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."

Title: Taru | Year Released: 2000 | Record Label: Blue Note Records


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