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Albums Of The Day | Lee Morgan and Joe Henderson

Mode For Joe (180gm BN Classic series) (pre-order due 16 feb)

Search For The New Land (180gm BN Classic series) (pre-order due 16 feb)










We have had two absolutely fantastic Blue Note albums in recently the latest instalment of their Classic Album Series.

Lee Morgan recorded ‘Search For The New Land’ just two months after the classic ‘Sidewinder’ session. The unexpected crossover success of ‘The Sidewinder’ which carried on throughout 1964 and into 1965 led to the delay in the release of ‘Search For The New Land’ and the recording of ‘The Rumproller’ as follow-up. An understandable decision by Blue Note to cash in on this success, meant that this sextet session has remained something of a curate’s egg. The music is however stunning. The title cut ebbs and flows. Its melody is simple yet captivating. Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and guitarist Grant Green (never heard hi, in this conceptual context before!) explore the theme as the voyage the title suggests. ‘Search For The New Land’ is 15 minutes of tonal exploration and wonderful music. ‘The Joker’ is as its title implies a much lighter piece with Green and Hancock to the fore. The forceful ‘Mr Kenyatta’ is a driving slice of 60’s Hard Bop. Lee Morgan wrote the five tracks that comprise this album with ‘Melancholee’ and ‘Morgan The Pirate’ completing the session recorded on February 15 1964.

‘Mode For Joe’ does not always feature as one of THE must-get Joe Henderson Blue Note albums. An aberration (in my opinion) as this ultra strong set gives the three horns plus piano and vibes space to stretch out. Henderson’ rough edged tenor sax playing is all over this set but is ably supported by Lee Morgan and Curtis Fuller on horns. Cedar Walton is magical on piano and contributes two compositions the aptly titled ‘Mode For Joe’ and ‘Black’. Vibes man Bobby Hutcherson is used sparingly but still stamps his musical personality on the set. ‘Caribbean Fire Dance’ is breakneck paced Latin/West Indian musical feast. Also composed by Joe Henderson is the breezy ‘Granted’ that flows, blows and goes. Joe Henderson, one of the post Coltrane giants of the tenor sax is magnificent on this excellent session recorded on January 27 1966.

We have wonderful selection of Blue Note albums in stock. Click HERE to see a full up to date list and see below for more relevant albums.