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Lee Morgan - Tom Cat (2010)

Album review by Scott Yanow
It seems strange that the music on this CD was not released initially until 1980. Trumpeter Lee Morgan had had an unexpected hit with "The Sidewinder," so his more challenging recordings were temporarily put aside.

As it turns out, this was one of Morgan's better sets from the 1960s and he had gathered together quite an all-star cast: altoist Jackie McLean, trombonist Curtis Fuller, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Art Blakey. They perform "Rigormortis," McCoy Tyner's "Twilight Mist," and three of the trumpeter's originals, including the title cut. The advanced hard bop music still sounds fresh decades later despite its initial neglect.

01. Tom Cat (9:42)
02. Exotique (9:30)
03. Twice Around (7:32)
04. Twilight Mist (6:33)
05. Riggarmortes (7:27)

Lee Morgan - trumpet
Jackie McLean - alto saxophone
Curtis Fuller - trombone
McCoy Tyner - piano
Bob Cranshaw - bass
Art Blakey - drums

Additional Info:
Recorded August 11, 1964, by Rudy Van Gelder
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliifs, NJ.
Cover photo by Francis Wolff
Cover design by Patrick Roques
Original liner notes written by Michael Cuscuna
"Tom Cat" originally released in 1980 on Blue Note Records as LT-1058

xrcd Reissue Credits:
xrcd24 produced by Joe Harley
Mastered by Alan Yoshida at Ocean Way Mastering, Hollywood, CA
Executive Producer: Robert Bantz
Production Coordinator: Kevin Berg
Art Direction & Design: Scott Warpool

Genre: Hard-Bop
Label: Blue Note / audio wave (xrcd)
Year: 2010

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(Rudy Van Gelder edition)

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