This has to be the most underrated Jazz album ever! Only true Lee Morgan fans know the supreme quality of this album. Just take a look at the supporting cast, Wayne Shorter on tenor, Herbie Hancock on piano, Grant Green on guitar, Reginald Workman on bass and my favorite Billy Higgins on drums, wow!! It’s one of those albums that nobody talks about but only gets 5-Star ratings. Why, you ask, I cannot answer it. Maybe the title of the album somehow throws one off, I don’t know! It’s okay with me though, there are many who are listening to Jazz Con Class here and are new to Jazz. This is for them, the name of the album is “Search for a New Land” and was recorded on February 15, 1964. Check the schedule link for play times, enjoy!
About the album:
This release is something of a departure for the bold trumpet stylist. After the Latin-tinged dance-floor jams of THE SIDEWINDER (released about six months prior to this disc), Morgan turns somewhat reflective. The music is quieter, with a good deal of structural space and restrained, almost expressionistic playing. The title track opens the album and evokes a mood of poignancy and careful balance, like a Japanese painting. Even the more up-tempo numbers like “The Joker” and “Mr. Kenyatta” are relaxed and thoughtful, the richly textured passages unfolding in a way that seems both organic and tightly disciplined. Morgan’s playing maintains its articulate brightness, but his notes and phrases are carefully shaded. This is matched by Wayne Shorter’s sax work (also simultaneously edgy and lyrical), Grant Green’s glowing guitar and Herbie Hancock’s atmospheric contributions. Lee should also be recognized as a significant composer……Learn More