Lee Morgan - The Rajah

Lee Morgan - The Rajah
The Rajah
Release Date:
November 29, 1966
Hard Bop, Jazz Instrument, Trumpet Jazz
Recording Date:
November 29, 1966
Recording Location:
New York, NY; Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

This long-lost Lee Morgan session was not released for the first time until it was discovered in the Blue Note vaults by Michael Cuscuna in 1984; it has still not been reissued on CD. Originals by Cal Massey, Duke Pearson ("Is That So") and Walter Davis, in addition to a couple of surprising pop tunes ("What Not My Love" and "Once in My Lifetime") and Morgan's title cut, are well-played by the quintet (which includes the trumpeter/leader, Hank Mobley on tenor, pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Billy Higgins). Much of the music is reminiscent of The Jazz Messengers and that may have been the reason that it was lost in the shuffle for Morgan was soon investigating modal-oriented tunes. Despite its neglect, this is a fine session that Lee Morgan and hard bop fans will want.

A Pilgrim's Funny Farm / Cal MasseyLee Morgan13:36
The Rajah / Lee MorganLee Morgan9:11
Is That So? / Duke PearsonLee Morgan5:18
Davisamba / Walter Davis, Jr.Lee Morgan6:46
What Now, My Love? / Gilbert BécaudLee Morgan5:22
Once in My Lifetime / Leslie Bricusse / Anthony NewleyLee Morgan5:47

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