Continuing where his debut left off, Morgan’s second LP in 1956 as a leader
for Blue Note, finds the teen prodigy (still only 18) slowly emerging out from
the long shadow of his idol and mentor Clifford Brown and feeling his own way
among giants. You can hear his confidence growing in his solos, energized and
fed by the company he has been keeping rather than any intimidation or
hesitation at all. Excellent ensemble work must be credited to Benny Golson, who
arranged four of the six numbers on the date.
Led by a three-horn assault of Morgan’s trumpet, BN regular Hank Mobley on tenor
and the fairly obscure altoist Kenny Rodgers, they cruise through a variety of
tempos and moods, the highlights being their memorable takes on “Whisper Not”
and “Where Am I”? As expected, Horace Silver’s piano, Paul Chambers’ bass and
the drumming of Charlie Persip is both impeccable and tasteful throughout. Other
selections include “Latin Hangover”, “His Sister”, “D’s Funk” and “Slightly Hep”;
Extremely hep is more like it.
Mastered and cut by Bernie Grundman on Classic's "ALL TUBE PURE MONO" cutting
system (not like others who use a stereo cutting head which imparts "crosstalk"
onto the groove cut) and pressed onto 200 gram QUIEX Super Vinyl Profile for
maximum fidelity. Jackets are authentic "tip-on" and laminated (front only) as
were the originals - and the labels have the desirable "deep groove". Another
installment in the Classic Blue Note Signature Mono LP Series.
• 200g Quiex Super Vinyl
Lee Morgan, trumpet
Hank Mobley, tenor sax
Kenny Rodgers, alto sax
Horace Silver, piano
Paul Chambers, bass
Charlie Persip, drums
1. Whisper Not
2. Latin Hangover
3. His Sister
4. Slightly Hep
5. Where Am I?
6. D's Fink