Lee Morgan Search For The New Land Numbered Limited Edition 180g 45rpm 2LP
Out Of Print!
Rare Numbered Limited Edition Copies!
Remastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes!
The Definitive issue of this classic Blue Note title!
Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the July 2010 Issue of Stereophile!
Mono or Stereo? Rudy Van Gelder first began recording Blue Note sessions in stereo in March of
1957. From then until an October 30, 1958 Art Blakey session, Rudy simultaneously ran both mono and stereo session tapes. The stereo presentation revealed more air, more detail and more sheer life than the mono.
The mono playback was a wonderful remembrance of the old LP we all knew and loved. The stereo playback from the original masters was eerie. It was like going back in time to that day in Rudy’s studio. Quite
simply, the stereo masters revealed more of what it was like to be there that day.
Why 45rpm? Simply...Because it sounds better! 180 gram pressings versus 200 gram? Music Matters, Lt. uses 180 gram pressings for the simple reason that they believe 180 gram weight is more than sufficient to provide a near perfect pressing. When Music Matters asked their friends at Record Technology Inc. for their recommendation to achieve the highest possible quality pressings their answer was unequivocal... go with 180 gram!
Upgrading Connnections at Acoustech! It goes without saying that there are many controversies and debates in the perfectionist audio/LP collector market. But one area of near universal agreement is the quality of mastering that emerges from Kevin Gray’s custom-built AcousTech Mastering studio in Camarillo, CA. Kevin, along with Steve Hoffman, has provided many of the best sounding new and reissued albums on LP during the last 5 or 6 years working outs of AcousTech.
Music Matters Exclusive! Music Matters strongly feels that these Blue Note recordings deserve nothing less than the finest graphic presentation. The Music Matters Definitive 45RPM Blue Note jackets are designed to last a lifetime, using ultra-durable extra thick cardboard stock and thick, luxurious
lamination... quality you’ll be able to feel in your hand the moment you pick up one of these albums. In addition, Music Matters has obtained exclusive access to a treasure trove of over 30,000 original Blue Note session photos from Mosaic Images for use in this series. The gatefold opens to display these session
photos in stunning high resolution - four times sharper than original Blue Note jacket photos.
Hear what Michael Fremer, Wayne Garcia and others are saying about the Blue Note Definitive 45rpm Reissue Series from Music Matters, Ltd:
"They’re BIG and open and definitely work in stereo because they’re not hard left/right stereo. The cymbals are so "chimey" and the skins so open! Even Rudy's typical boxy piano isn't too bad. These are going to be really good....!!!! (Real time reaction after hearing his first test pressing of Horace Parlan’s Speakin’ My Piece LP.)" - Michael Fremer, Stereophile Magazine
"I’ve heard a lot of Blue Note originals and myriad reissues over the years, but based on the sample test pressings heard so far, none—and I mean none—convey the intensity of living, breathing music-making the way the Music Matter’s Blue Note series does. The sense of air, texture, and dynamic pop in these grooves is astonishing." - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound
"Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers “The Big Beat” and Horace Parlan, “Speakin’ My Piece.” And if this is any indication of what’s to come, I advise you to get on the list now, before this collection is sold out." - Albert Porter, www.positive-feedback.com
"The Music Matters 45s have all immediacy and add a free-flowing naturalness that is surprising at first but very easy to get used to." - Marc Mickelson, www.soundstage.com
"Another first rate reissue from Music Matters with fantastic photos, yes, but combined with it being one of the great Blue Note titles, in my opinion, and sounding better than the original I have long treasured, this one gets an “essential” recommendation. Don’t miss this one while it’s in print!" - Michael Fremer, www.musicangle.com, Music 9/10, Sound 9/10
Renowned in jazz ever since he emerged in the Dizzy Gillespie big band of 1956,
and crowned early on as the late Clifford Brown's successor among promising
young trumpeters, Lee Morgan packed a lot of living into the next 16 years. A
member of arguably the finest versions of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (playing
alongside Benny Golson or Wayne Shorter), Morgan recorded regularly for Blue
Note as both a leader and a sideman for virtually his entire career. He had a
major hit recording with "The Sidewinder" in 1963 and was on a countless number
of significant Blue Note recordings, stretching his hard bop style while being
open to the influences of the avant-garde, post bop and late 1960s r&b. Only his
untimely death in 1972 kept him from challenging Freddie Hubbard as the top jazz
trumpeter of the 1970s. While Morgan's boogaloo recordings were very popular,
Search For The New Land has one of his finest hours. Recorded right after The
Sidewinder, Search For The New Land introduces five of Morgan's most challenging
compositions, has him leading an all-star sextet (with Shorter, Grant Green and
Herbie Hancock) and features him playing stirring and intense solos that rank
not only with his greatest work but the most creative trumpet solos of the
• Remastered from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes!
• Remastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at Acoustech
• Cut at 45rpm for Better Sound!
• Pressed on two 180 gram Virgin Vinyl LPs by RTI
• Limited Edition
• Ultra-Durable, Extra Thick Album Jackets
• Gatefold Album with Session Photos in stunning High Resolution
Lee Morgan, trumpet
Wayne Shorter, tenor sax
Grant Green, guitar
Herbie Hancock, piano
Reginald Workman, bass
Billy Higgins, drums
1. Search For The New Land
2. The Joker
3. Mr. Kenyatta
5. Morgan The Pirate
"The albums are being cut at 45 RPM for maximum quality by Kevin Gray and me using our full ANALOG disk cutting system; most studios cannot even cut vinyl in 100% true analog anymore (they convert to digital first) but we can. The original Rudy Van Gelder engineered stereophonic session tapes are used when we master these gems. The sound quality is amazing on our test cuts. Like from heaven. First totally uncompressed versions of these jazz classics that I’ve ever heard and trust me, you will be impressed; they sound like no other releases of this music."
"The sound is lifelike, the horns are in the room with you. Our non-invasive mastering insures the true breath of life on these original Van Gelder session tapes is transferred to the virgin vinyl with absolute authenticity. It is like hearing these BLUE NOTE masterpieces for the first time and that is NO exaggeration. When we heard the first lacquer acetate playback from our first mastering session I thought Joe Harley was going to pee in his pants he was so excited. Actually we all were; after 50 years of many lackluster and some downright bad sounding versions of these albums, hearing the real deal is a humbling experience, even for us hardened music veterans. You will be able to listen to the music exactly like we did..." - Steve Hoffman