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Search for the New Land

Artist: Lee Morgan (Jazz)

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Label: Blue Note (Label)
Album: Search for the New Land
# Song Title   Time
1)    Search For the New Land
2)    Joker, The
3)    Mr. Kenyatta
4)    Melancholee
5)    Morgan the Pirate

Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Lee Morgan (trumpet); Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone); Herbie Hancock (piano); Grant Green (guitar); Reginald Workman (bass); Billy Higgins (drums).
  • Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on February 15, 1964. Includes liner notes by Nat Hentoff.
  • This release is something of a departure for the bold trumpet stylist. After the Latin-tinged dance-floor jams of THE SIDEWINDER (released about six months prior to this disc), Morgan turns somewhat reflective. The music is quieter, with a good deal of structural space and restrained, almost expressionistic playing. The title track opens the album and evokes a mood of poignancy and careful balance, like a Japanese painting. Even the more up-tempo numbers like "The Joker" and "Mr. Kenyatta" are relaxed and thoughtful, the richly textured passages unfolding in a way that seems both organic and tightly disciplined.
  • Morgan's playing maintains its articulate brightness, but his notes and phrases are carefully shaded. This is matched by Wayne Shorter's sax work (also simultaneously edgy and lyrical), Grant Green's glowing guitar and Herbie Hancock's atmospheric contributions. Lee should also be recognized as a significant composer, since all the tracks here, with their floating themes and protean solo sections, are from his pen. SEARCH FOR THE NEW LAND live up to its title, finding a high ground of intelligent, evocative work and outstanding playing.

Professional Reviews
Q (2/04, p.115) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]he expansive title cut and melodically fertile 'The Joker' both boast striking central themes and warm ensemble playing from Morgan and star accomplices."

Producer:Alfred Lion
Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:2 September, 2003
Guest Artist: Wayne Shorter; Herbie Hancock; Grant Green; Reggie Workman; Billy Higgins
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This is a different approach to normal from Lee Morgan, adopting some of the compositional techniques that other progressive jazz artists were experimenting with in the mid 60's. It's a shame Morgan didn't look into this approach more, because the results here are great. This would be in no small part due to the band he plays with, featuring Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Reggie Workman and Billy Higgins, all known for their contributions to the "new thing". Guitarist Grant Green may have been out of his comfort zone, but he was clearly very adaptive as his playing here proves. Morgan's playing was also seemingly more measured than his younger days, especially on the title track and "Melancholee". The title track is the highlight for me though, and its extended playing length yields wonderful results. The rest of the tracks are also great, and feature fantastic playing from all involved, especially Shorter. Highly recommended, and a must-hear for Morgan fans.

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