Lee Morgan : Lee-Way

Lee Morgan : Lee-Way


Lee Morgan (trumpet), Jackie McLean (alto sax), Bobby Timmons (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Art Blakey (drums)

Blue Note 4034

Analogue Productions Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Limited edition : 2,500 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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A - These Are Soulful Days
B - The Lion And The Wolff (dedicated to producers Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff)
C - Midtown Blues
D - Nakatini Suite

Recorded on April 28, 1960 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Lee-Way was Lee Morgan's last recording for Blue Note before he left the label. Of course, he'd return in three years to cut a little diddy called The Sidewinder, which tended to overshadow all he had done before. Lee-way, an Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers Reunion Party, plus a special guest invitation, on loan from Miles Davis, Paul Chambers. It is fairly rare to hear Blakey and Chambers together, and Chambers feels very at home in this quintet.

This album is unique within Lee Morgan's vast and rich Blue Note discography. The trumpeter abandons time constraints and stretches out on four, soulful, hard-bop compositions. These hard bop masters are constantly inspired by Blakey's explosive grooves.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on 200-gram virgin vinyl at Quality Record Pressings.