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Early Lee Morgan and “Dizzy Atmosphere” is featured

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Here’s another Lee Morgan album that I found hidden and a real classic! The Jazz Con Class Radio listeners here are going to enjoy this one to its fullest. Lee Morgan is an 18 year old year pioneer here, picking up where his idle Clifford Brown left off. The description below will inform you more about this interpretation of a well known Dizzy album. An very interesting note about this album is that it is made up of alternate takes. “Dizzy Atmosphere” will be featured for a week or so, check the schedule link for play times, enjoy!

About the album:

Trombonist Al Grey and tenor saxophonist Billy Mitchell were the original stars of this 1957 recording, an offshoot of Dizzy Gillespie’s then-running big band. Within a couple of years of this date, however, trumpeter Lee Morgan and pianist Wynton Kelly emerged with careers of their own and today are the most well-known musicians to have been involved in the session. Morgan became known for his work with Art Blakey and for the Blue Note label, and Kelly through working with Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderly and leading his own trio. Due to the presence of Benny Golsen and Roger Spotts as arrangers (and composers of six out of eight tunes), this session comes off as more of a little-big-band event than the kind of hard-bop situation which Morgan in particular would soon come to epitomize. The four horns are lush and confidant…….Read More

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