Lee Morgan : The Procrastinator

Lee Morgan : The Procrastinator


Lee Morgan (trumpet), Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone), Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Billy Higgins (drums)

Blue Note 1557

Music Matters Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Limited edition : 2,500 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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1 - The Procrastinator
2 - Party Time
3 - Dear Sir
4 - Stop Start
5 - Rio
6 - Soft Touch

Recorded on July 14, 1967 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

The Procrastinator, recorded in 1967, was released posthumously in 1978 in the Blue Note "Classic Series" with Tom Cat, also unissued.

In 1961 Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter formed the frontline of one of the greatest versions of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. In 1967 they had a reunion for The Procrastinator, showing just how much they both had grown through the years. Morgan, who had a major hit with "The Sidewinder" a few years earlier, had broken away from the Clifford Brown trumpet tradition to become a brash, adventurous and consistently stunning soloist who perfectly symbolized the era. 

Morgan's brand of forward-looking hard bop was influenced by free jazz and put a premium on uninhibited self-expression. Shorter sounded unlike anyone else and wrote highly original compositions. Playing in a sextet with Bobby Hutcherson and Herbie Hancock, Morgan and Shorter contributed all of the songs which include the funky "Party Time" (which could have been a hit for Horace Silver) and other pieces that push hard bop to its limit. The results are exhilarating, vital and timeless.

Like all Music Matters Jazz releases, this audiophile vinyl reissue is remastered from the original analogue Van Gelder studio tapes and pressed on 180g virgin vinyl at RTI. The highest quality gatefold cover features original session photography on the inside.