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Lee Morgan: The Gigolo LP (Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series)

Lee Morgan

Blue Note, 1968

Following the runaway success of The Sidewinder in 1964, Alfred Lion continued to record trumpeter Lee Morgan frequently in the hopes of capturing another funky boogaloo hit. While his subsequent albums may not have scaled the same commercial heights, Morgan certainly delivered the musical goods on his 1965 albums The Rumproller, The Gigolo, and Cornbread, all of which stand among the finest outings in his formidable discography. Recorded over two dates that Summer, The Gigolo featured Morgan with a dynamic quintet comprised of Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone, Harold Mabern on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. A supremely confident set of swaggering hard bop, the album kicks off with the groovy opener “Yes I Can, No You Can’t,” one of four Morgan originals featured here along with the up-tempo gems “Trapped” and “Speedball,” and stirring explorations of the 11-minute “The Gigolo.” The album closes with an exceptional arrangement of the ballad “You Go To My Head” which sways with sensual movement. 


Side A

  1. Yes I Can, No You Can't
  2. Trapped
  3. Speedball

Side B

  1. The Gigolo
  2. You Go To My Head

This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is stereo, all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.