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Lee Morgan’s “The Sixth Sense” an unknown classic

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Every jazz fan knows how great of a special talent trumpet player Lee Morgan was and is very aware of all his enormous achievements, considering the short career he had. He managed to record 30 albums as a leader and was mostly known for the “Sidewinder” album but one that is almost never spoken about is “The Sixth Sense” album. This 1969 album was loaded with both healthy groovy improvising and strong spiritual bluesy songs. The first 6 songs are from the original recording and the last three bonus songs were recorded prior in November 7th of 1967. Every single song can stand on its own and has its special uniqueness to it, they are all very different in in every sense. All real jazz lovers should have this album in their collection, its a must! Not to mention, this precious album has a great historical importance that can be very beneficial for qualified teachers of late 1960’s American culture since it reflects the times and mood of the country in a critical point of its history, enjoy!

About the album:

Lee Morgan wrote music that is both enjoyable and intriguing. Hits such as “The Sidewinder” and “Ceora” contain catchy melodies that bounce and sway. It’s the kind of music that stays popular through many generations. Five of his originals appear on this reissue of the trumpeter’s 1968 album; three previously unissued tracks from another recording session have been added. Born in Philadelphia July 10, 1938, Lee Morgan was surrounded by good music. By the age of 18 he was working in Dizzy Gillespie’s big band. Two separate tenures with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers extended his jazz education and armed the trumpeter/composer with the tools he needed to create music that would have a lasting impact. Sadly, he was murdered in 1972 by a girlfriend; Morgan was only 33. Over two dozen Blue Note albums and a handful on other labels remain as a testament to the trumpeter’s creative spirit.Remastering with a 24-bit resolution gives the album’s sound an excellent quality. The first six tracks were recorded November 10, 1967 at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, while the last three come from a September 13, 1968 session. Tenor saxophonist Frank Mitchell and drummer Billy Higgins appear on both recording dates. The first session finds three horns (Morgan, McLean, Mitchell) passing the solo torch from one to another while keeping the mood cool and applying a little tension as directed by the….Read More

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