I discovered Lee Morgan when I began studying Art Blakey’s music. Morgan, a featured trumpeter with the Jazz Messengers, stood out to me when I watched a concert of the Jazz Messengers in Europe. I remember asking my mother, who was watching with me, about him and looking him up online.
I discovered a little about his music and began purchasing his albums. Still, I don’t think I knew about his tragic death. For some reason, I didn’t come across any details about his murder. It wasn’t until I read about the film, Kem, that I discovered the sordid details. (You can read more about the film in my review posted here.)
After watching the film, I went back to my small collection of Lee Morgan’s music and added to them. I have compiled just a few of my favorites by him into this playlist. I hope you fall in love with his music as much as I did.
Search for the New Land
Here’s to Lee Morgan…