9780472115020

Delightfulee : The Life and Music of Lee Morgan

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  • ISBN13:

    9780472115020

  • ISBN10:

    0472115022

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-07-21
  • Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr
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Summary

One of the most individual stylists of his time, trumpeter Lee Morgan began his professional career in Philadelphia at age fifteen. At eighteen, after a short stint with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Morgan joined Dizzy Gillespie's orchestra, where he stayed until the group disbanded in 1958. A return to Blakey brought Morgan new opportunities, including his first successful attempts at composition. But however much his time with Blakey helped to advance his playing and writing, his boss's and his bandmates' destructive drug habits exerted just as strong an influence. Within three years, Morgan would be back home in Philadelphia, strung out on heroin and penniless.Morgan's return to music in the early to mid-sixties witnessed a tremendous evolution in his playing. Formerly a virtuoso in the model of his idol, Clifford Brown, Morgan brought to his critically acclaimed Blue Note records of the era an emotionally charged, muscular tone, full of poise and control. But it was with the recordSidewinder, recorded in 1963, that Morgan found his greatest fame and commercial success, due to the infectious groove of the title tune. By the time of his death, at thirty-three---murdered in a New York City club by his girlfriend Helen More, during a gig---Morgan had begun a new phase of his career, experimenting with freer-forms of musical expression.Jeff McMillan'sDelightfuleeis the first biography to seriously examine Morgan's vast contributions to jazz, both as a performer and as a composer. Thanks to exclusive access to Lee Morgan's now-deceased brother, McMillan is also able to provide unparalleled insight into Morgan's personal and family lifeJeff McMillan received his master's degree from the Jazz History and Research program at Rutgers-Newark in 2000 and currently works as an archivist for the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Table of Contents

Beginnings
The Student
Breaking into the Big Time
Many Nights in Tunisia: On Tour with the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Gigging and Recording
Freelancing and Becoming a Jazz Messenger
Life as a Messenger
The Summit
Collapse
Comeback and The Sidewinder
Blue Note Classics
Studio Man
Left Bank Jazz Society and Another Comeback
Working Man
New Beginning
Slugs'
Bibliography
Index
Illustrations
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