Lee Morgan – The Rumproller – LImited 180 Gram LP

Lee Morgan – The Rumproller – LImited 180 Gram LP

As a follow-up to his unexpected hit, The Sidewinder, (1964) Lee Morgan recorded Andrew Hill’s The Rumproller. While the commercial success may not have been on par with his previous effort, musically, it’s one of his best. This is a classic soul jazz session from trumpeter Morgan with a quality Blue Note line-up. The title track is based on a groove held firmly in place by drummer Billy Higgins, and features a great solo by tenor man Joe Henderson. The other tunes are all exemplary hard bop, with strong tunes by Morgan and Wayne Shorter. Pianist Ronnie Matthews plays with just the right amount of funk on “Desert Moonlight.” On the spry “Eclipso,” the quintet starts with a variation of the bossa nova, then slips into a calypso theme. “The Lady” is a touching ballad, with Morgan making a rare appearance on muted trumpet. Higgins who’s sparkling drum work contributed to the success of many Blue Note recordings of the period shows in this album the great groove that he developed with Morgan. A beautiful and faithful reproduction of a classic Blue Note album.

LEE MORGAN, trumpet
JOE HENDERSON, tenor sax
RONNIE MATHEWS, piano
VICTOR SPROLES, bass
BILLY HIGGINS, drums

SIDE A:

01. THE RUMPROLLER
02. DESERT
03. MOONLIGHT

SIDE B:

01. ECLIPSO
02. EDDA
03. THE LADY