Lee Morgan

A-1 -- The Savoy Sessions

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Trumpeter Lee Morgan, then 18 and at the beginning of his career (his recording debut as a leader resulted in a Blue Note album the day before his brief stint with Savoy began), co-led this session with tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley. Pianist Hank Jones, bassist Doug Watkins, and drummer Art Taylor form a tasteful rhythm section behind the lead voices who are in fine form on Fats Navarro's "Nostalgia," originals by Mobley and Watkins, and a four-song ballad medley. Although not essential, this hard bop-oriented LP gives one a good early look at Lee Morgan when he was just 18.