Started by Pohjolas Daughter, July 04, 2021, 03:54:37 AM
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Quote from: T. D. on July 04, 2021, 05:51:35 AMThe Lighthouse material is highly regarded by Morgan fans, BUT...there's an upcoming 12 LP / 8-CD reissue of that material, on Blue Note of all labels!https://www.bluenote.com/lee-morgan-the-complete-live-at-the-lighthouse-out-july-30/I'm considering that one.Lee Morgan is pretty much the quintessential 50s/60s Blue Note hard bop trumpeter (OK, Donald Byrd was also big). I only have a few of his solo releases, but boatloads with him as sideman.Pretty much any of his appearances with Blakey* or also including Horace Silver (the "co-creators" of hard bop) or Hank Mobley are recommendable.*although my favorite Blakey recordings feature Kenny Dorham or Clifford BrownSidewinder is really popular, a landmark recording which arguably started hard bop's 1960s decline to formulaic boogaloo tunes.I have a taste for the 60s Blue Note recordings that stretch (to some extent) the boundaries of hard bop, and this one is outstanding:This is a pretty good sideman appearance with the underrated Tina Brooks, also with Sonny Clark, who's a personal favorite:Lee Morgan died in lurid circumstances - his girlfriend shot him on stage at Slug's in the East Village - and there's an interesting film I Called Him Morgan: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4170344/
Quote from: T. D. on July 04, 2021, 06:51:07 AMIn lieu of forums, the All Music Guide is a reasonable source for jazz recording info.Biography: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/lee-morgan-mn0000226380/biographyDiscography: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/lee-morgan-mn0000226380/discography (note there's a separate click required for compilations)They give plenty of reviews, and the "album picks" are obvious places to start. Can't always trust the star ratings, as there are myriad three-star reviews with extremely laudatory text.
Quote from: T. D. on August 18, 2021, 07:11:58 AMhttps://www.wsj.com/articles/the-complete-live-at-the-lighthouse-lee-morgan-dizzy-gillespie-art-blakey-max-roach-jack-de-johnette-dave-douglas-11629224092Track listing indicating previously unreleased material:https://www.bluenote.com/lee-morgan-the-complete-live-at-the-lighthouse/I'm undecided. 8 CDs is a lot, and many tunes are performed multiple times. OTOH, a similar Art Pepper (9 CD, https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Village-Vanguard-Sessions-CD/dp/B000000X90) release with heavy track duplication is one of my favorite box sets.
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on August 18, 2021, 08:38:08 AMGood luck with that! If you do decide to purchase it, let us know how you like it.PD
Quote from: T. D. on August 18, 2021, 08:48:23 AMNope, after the GMG brouhaha concerning a poster receiving unsolicited nasty PMs about "listening to s**t composers", I'm posting jazz listening only on jazz forums. Sticking to non-exotic classical on GMG. This particular subforum sees little activity in any case. I only posted the above to follow up on an existing topic.
Quote from: T. D. on August 24, 2021, 05:24:33 PMI ordered this as well, with some misgivings (8 CD? ). Reason: while all Morgan's work is good, when it comes to sessions he led I prefer the later, slightly more "outside"-leaning music such as the Search for the New Land album. The Lighthouse material is (according to what I've read) in that general style. Also, the sound quality of this release is said to be a significant improvement on the old 3-CD Lighthouse set.
Quote from: T. D. on September 01, 2021, 10:53:36 AMI got it and have listened to the whole set.It's good. Bennie Maupin (ts, fl, bcl) is really awesome and almost steals the show. I had practically no recordings with him before this box. Harold Mabern (piano), of whom I'm a fan, is also strong; perhaps some solos are overly long and rambling, but that's part of live sets. Jymie Merritt plays electric bass, but no complaints about the sound (my taste runs more to acoustic).A guy on a jazz forum had a good description of the music: "...think of it as the missing link between Lee Morgan & Music Inc. or vice-versa". Do I need 8 CDs of this material? Rationally, probably not. But it's an important archival reissue, less than half the price per disc of Mosaics without the unpleasant (IMO) bulky packaging. There is a fine booklet, approx. 5+" square as opposed to Mosaic's 12"x12". I'll happily take that in exchange for reduced shelf space, don't care about fancy photos.
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on September 14, 2021, 07:31:27 AMJust started listening to this set today. Played Disc One...particularly enjoyed "Something Like This" and "Yunjana". The sound is excellent! I haven't yet listened to it on my good stereo, but even on my cheap one in the kitchen, it sounded wonderful! Started reading the booklet and have been enjoying that too.Is the Lighthouse (which is in Hermosa Beach, California) still alive and kicking? I bet that it would be a wonderful place to see a show....at least if you're not too sleepy after a day at the beach. PD
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