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Options July 10, 2013: LEE MORGAN 75th Birthday Salute

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Further study:
The Lady Who Shot Lee Morgan (1996 interview with Helen Morgan)
Delightfulee: The Life and Music of Lee Morgan, by Jeff McMillan
Lee Morgan: His Life, Music and Culture, by Tom Perchard
Hard Bop: Jazz & Black Music 1955-1965, by David H. Rosenthal
Lee Morgan: Incandescent, Incendiary & Insouciant
Jeff Helgesen's Lee Morgan Tribute site

Artist Track Album Approx. start time
Lee Morgan  Yes I Can, No You Can't (Morgan, 1965)   Options The Gigolo  0:00:00 ()
Lee Morgan  Psychedelic (Morgan, 1967)   Options The Sixth Sense  0:06:58 ()
reading from David Rosenthal book  excerpt #1 from "Hard Bop: Jazz & Black Music 1955-1965"   Options   0:12:49 ()
Lee Morgan  Portrait of Doll (Jackie McLean, 1965)   Options Infinity  0:18:23 ()
Lee Morgan  Speedball (Morgan, 1965)   Options The Gigolo  0:23:25 ()
reading from David Rosenthal book  excerpt #2 from "Hard Bop: Jazz & Black Music 1955-1965"   Options   0:28:28 ()
Lee Morgan  Dee Lawd (Morgan, 1968)   Options Taru  0:34:36 ()
Lee Morgan  Soulita (Morgan, 1968)   Options Caramba  0:40:09 ()
Hank Mobley (Lee Morgan: trumpet)  Carolyn (Morgan, 1963)   Options No Room for Squares  0:46:13 ()
reading from David Rosenthal book  excerpt #3 from "Hard Bop: Jazz & Black Music 1955-1965"   Options   0:51:19 ()
Lee Morgan  Zip Code (Morgan, 1965)   Options Infinity  0:56:58 ()
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (Lee Morgan, trumpet)  Petty Larceny (Morgan, 1962)   Options The Freedom Rider  1:02:56 ()
reading from David Rosenthal book  excerpt #4 from "Hard Bop: Jazz & Black Music 1955-1965"   Options   1:09:40 ()
Joe Henderson (Lee Morgan, trumpet)  Caribbean Fire Dance (Henderson, 1966)   Options Mode for Joe  1:13:41 ()
Lee Morgan  You Go to My Head (Coots/Gillespie, 1965)   Options The Gigolo  1:19:59 ()
reading from David Rosenthal book  excerpt #5 from "Hard Bop: Jazz & Black Music 1955-1965"   Options   1:27:16 ()
Lee Morgan  Kenyatta (Morgan, 1964)   Options Search for the New Land  1:33:11 ()
Coco O  Where the Wind Blows   Options The Great Gatsby (soundtrack)  1:45:21 ()
Melody's Echo Chamber   Some Time Alone, Alone   Options Melody's Echo Chamber  1:49:06 ()
Sun Ra  Island in the Sun   Options Janus  1:52:25 ()
George Harrison  Devil's Radio   Options Cloud Nine  1:59:20 ()
Bruno Lawrence Electric Revelation and Traveling Apparition (a.k.a. Blerta)  Bankman   Options Blerta  2:02:45 ()
Danielson Familie  Animal in Every Corner   Options Trying Hartz (First Fruits '94-'04)  2:06:23 ()
George Strait  Here for a Good Time   Options Here for a Good Time  2:10:09 ()
The 1900s  Acutiplantar Dude   Options Cold & Kind  2:12:54 ()
The Shins  Girl Sailor   Options Wincing the Night Away  2:17:40 ()
Winfield Parker  Shake That Thing   Options Arctic 45 (1967)  2:21:15 ()
Doug Carn  Mighty Mighty   Options Adam's Apple  2:29:30 ()
Dorothy Hindman (composer); Atlas Saxophone Quartet (performer)  Drift (for saxophone quartet)   Options Tapping the Furnace  2:34:55 ()
Tine Thing Helseth  Je Ne T'aime Pas   Options Storyteller  2:40:32 ()
Detektivbyrån  Dygnet Runt   Options Wermland  2:44:33 ()
Brian Dewan  Where They Belong / Solomon Grundy   Options The Operating Theater  2:45:57 ()
Pascal Pinon  Somewhere   Options Twosomeness  2:50:57 ()
Lane Steinberg (as Wall of Orchids)  No One's Looking at the Rain   Options Wall of Orchids  2:54:20 ()

Listener comments!

Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:01pm rrg:

Well, hi there.
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:02pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- ready to be Schooled!
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:02pm rrg:

Ooh, the LONG version.
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:05pm Tome:

..holds the totem pole way up high!!
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:10pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...12 years younger than Miles & 'Trane...
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:14pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Sixth Sense album wiki:
  Wed. 7/10/13 3:21pm Chico:

This guys story is so metaphorical to my life right now its slightly chilling im hearing what I am at this moment...
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:23pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Infinity :
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:26pm Irwin:

Discog if anyone wants to know personnel, session dates, etc.:
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:28pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...because one does want to know...
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:29pm Droll:

Sorry to hear about The Good Doctor, but if it means a show reprise, so be it.

Nothing played so far sounds like 50-year old recording. The lack of production is what makes it so timeless. If they played live in front of you, it would sound just like this.
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:29pm Mike Sin:

Really enjoying this Lee Morgan special, Irwin! Not to take focus away from the fine music, but was Slug's Saloon a venue of note back in the day? Or just an later hours-type jamming joint?
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:31pm Jeff Golick:

Just quickly checking in with a quick "thanks for doing this show, Irwin!"
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:32pm rrg:

Holy cow, that's a huge discography. I had no idea (because I never really looked).

A Lee Morgan completist would have to get a lot of stuff.
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:32pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Droll: Exactly. No Remastering - no Mastering! Just Musicians & Microphones.
...That's why Miles getting Electric & Editing & Mixing was seen (& indeed felt) as such a departure in Jazz.
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:36pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

rrg: These Jazz guys! Just playing all the time.
- Just nuts - productive as hell.
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:38pm rrg:

A lot of people do their jobs as enthusiastically but not everyone has someone there to record it all for posterity.
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:38pm Irwin:

He did his first Blue Note session as a leader at age 18. He led 25 sessions under his own name in 15 years. A deep catalog for a guy who died young.
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:39pm Irwin:

@Mike:: Don't know much about Slug's. Check link to "The Lady Who Shot Lee Morgan." She talks about the club.
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:41pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- some people are under-recorded - good point.
...18!! Earnest about the Music - not foolin' around.
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:42pm Tome:

Slug's in that day you had to dodge the bullets, pretty much,, E3 between B & C,, now you're lucky to rent say a closet over there for under $1,000 a month ,,,
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:44pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- we owe a lot to the Producers & Labels who believed in these guys
- & to a market that existed for it @ one time.
...I'm old enuff to remember some Fusion on the radio - but that's about it - & even that's long long gone...
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:48pm Tome:

WRVR 106.7 > bit.ly...
  Wed. 7/10/13 3:53pm Laura L:

Thanks for this set of perfection, Irwin.
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:55pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...'Carolyn' (Lee as sideman) was happening in another world when the Beatles were inbetween 1st two albums & JFK was Pres. ...
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:57pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- there was just a literal thunderclap here...
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:59pm Uncle Michael:

I'm late for class!
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 3:59pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Kerouac: 'Kicks, Joy, Darkness'...
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 4:00pm Droll:

Irwin, Nearly his entire discography is Blue Note, was he under a long-term contract foolishly signed at 18, or did he stay with them by choice?
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 4:03pm Irwin:

@Droll: Blue Note had the monopoly on hard boppers--and they had the best. I get the sense that in a business in which musicians were (and are) routinely taken advantage of by labels, Blue Note was a cut above. Just an incredible catalog. You don't consistently attract that caliber of musician unless your reputation warrants it. They were the Tiffany of jazz labels in the '50s and '60s.
  Wed. 7/10/13 4:06pm steve whitehouse:

thanks for the great show Irwin!
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 4:08pm Irwin:

Blue Note history:
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 4:08pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- lost power - may again...
...compared to Atlantic (earlier for Jazz?) & Impulse? Blue Note *stills* carries remnants of these connotations...
...portrait of Lee being painted suggests he wouldn't stand for mess...
  Wed. 7/10/13 4:08pm Listening Out There:

...remember, critics later on called the music "bebop." It was an onomatopoeic term. To most musicians, it was simply "the new music." There's always something new...
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 4:11pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- from BlueNote wiki - this a very useful sentence:
...'Historically, Blue Note has principally been associated with the "hard bop" style of jazz (mixing bebop with other forms of music including soul, blues, rhythm and blues and gospel)'...
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 4:17pm rsj:

where's mr franks at?
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 4:18pm Irwin:

@rsj: Ray?
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 4:19pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

No Joe Frank this week because of Lee Morgan tribute.
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 4:20pm Droll:

. o O ( Yep, this solo is all that )
[clap clap clap -- studio jazz always sounds naked at the end of a solo]
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 4:30pm Michael:

A bit late but delightful show Irwin!
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 4:36pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- really good writing (dif.s opinion noted) painting the times & answering a lotta questions I had right now...
  Wed. 7/10/13 4:39pm as:

really wonderful tribute to the great lee morgan, thanks Irwin! and cannot say how much I love hearing hard bop on wfmu!!!
  Wed. 7/10/13 4:39pm Listening Out There:

Irwin...is it Wes Montgomery on guitar in "Kenyatta"? Sure sounds like it t'me...
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 4:42pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

g. Grant Green:
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 4:42pm Irwin:

@LOT: Grant Green on gtr. Album recorded '64, I think Wes died in '63.
  Wed. 7/10/13 4:45pm Listening Out There:

Ah. ==Thx to you both for clarifying==
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 4:46pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

John Leslie "Wes" Montgomery (March 6, 1923 – June 15, 1968)
- Outstanding stuff Irwin even were it not winged !
  Wed. 7/10/13 4:46pm as:

speaking of the morgan/green combo, for something a bit different I'd recommend checking out Reuben Wilson's Love Bug (also blue note) which features both Morgan and green playing on a very funky Hammond organ session. was also cool to hear the track off Taru with the young George benson
  Wed. 7/10/13 4:46pm as:

speaking of the morgan/green combo, for something a bit different I'd recommend checking out Reuben Wilson's Love Bug (also blue note) which features both Morgan and green playing on a very funky Hammond organ session. was also cool to hear the track off Taru with the young George benson
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 4:47pm spodiodi:

The Lee Morgan Tribute was boss.
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 4:48pm Irwin:

@RRN63: Thanks for correcting on Wes's demise date. Knew it was a "round" number.
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 4:50pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...try WesWiki link again...:
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 5:03pm hamburger:

electromagnetic field around a radio www.wired.com...
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 5:11pm Irwin:

@as: Thanks for the tip. I'll track down the Reuben Wilson album.
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 5:15pm Droll:

Lee Morgan to George Straight in less than an hour. Well played!
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 5:23pm Irwin:

@Droll: Like the sign says: genre-surfing tokenism.
  Wed. 7/10/13 5:29pm Laura L:

Who knew?

acu·ti·plan·tar adjective \ə-¦kyü-tə-¦plan-tər, -ˌtär\
of certain birds: having the hinder part of the tarsus sharp angled —opposed to latiplantar
acuti- + plantar

First Known Use: 1902
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 5:29pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- George Harrison's last was 'Brainwashed' - or is that considered 'posthumous'?
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 5:32pm Irwin:

@LL: Who knew indeed? Not I.
@RRN63: I defer to anyone else's better knowledge of Beatle afterlives.
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 5:33pm Matt from Springfield:

Oh well, just have to wait for The Good Doctor to come in then. The good news: TWO Lee Morgan tributes to listen to!!

Afternoon! Glad to toke with you all!
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 5:38pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...I think 'Brainwashed' was mostly finished - & I like it!...
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 5:40pm Irwin:

@LL: So what is an acutiplantar "dude"?
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 5:41pm Rick from SC:

some kind of birdman, I guess
  Wed. 7/10/13 5:43pm @:

Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 5:44pm Irwin:

A guy with sharp-angled tarsals?
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 5:47pm Matt from Springfield:

"Harvey Acutiplantar"..has a good ring to it.
  Wed. 7/10/13 5:48pm Laura L:

Dunno--but I would not get near his tarsals! Run away fast from the Acutiplantar dude!
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 5:49pm Matt from Springfield:

Dewan's Scotch, the best kind. Can't wait for the "Solomon Grundy" part!
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 5:50pm chris:

Glad to know the art of court jestering is not dead.
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 5:51pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...brave ♪ Sir Robin ♫ ran away...
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 5:52pm Matt from Springfield:

All right, Wall of Sound folk style!

@RRN63: The brave, the brave, Sir Robin...
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 5:54pm Matt from Springfield:

Star for Pascal Pinon!
  Wed. 7/10/13 6:00pm Listening Out There:

Another great program stumbles to an end... :)
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 6:00pm Matt from Springfield:

Great way to end it Irwin, thanks!
See you listeners @7SD, otherwise, have a good night!
Avatar Wed. 7/10/13 6:01pm Droll:

Thanks, Irwin. See yinz later!
  Sat. 7/13/13 5:57pm Michael K:

Just saw the question about Slug's among the comments and also the answer that said something about having to dodge bullets there. That's an exaggeration, although the world would be a better place today if Lee Morgan had been able to dodge a bullet. I felt no less safe at Slug's than at the Vanguard or other venues, such as the Five Spot and Half Note. (If memory serves--and mine doesn't serve as well as it used to--I saw Pharaoh Sanders at Slug's about a week or so before the Lee Morgan shooting.)
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