Saturday, July 29, 2017

Gene Norman Presents Frank Morgan

When altoist Frank Morgan recorded his debut as a leader in 1955, he was being hyped as "the new Bird." Unfortunately, he followed in Charlie Parker's footsteps mostly by becoming an irresponsible drug addict. After 30 years passed, he cut his second album and seriously began his successful comeback. This GNP album features Morgan back at the beginning, performing four numbers with Machito's rhythm section and six other songs with a septet that also includes tenor saxophonist Wardell Gray (heard on his final recordings). Trumpeter Conte Candoli is a major asset on both of these boppish dates, while Morgan shows why he was rated so highly at this point in his career.
Scott Yanow

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Frank Morgan
Frank Morgan 
Gene Norman Presents


1 Bernie's Tune (Leiber, Miller, Stoller)  5:30
2 My Old Flame (Coslow, Johnston)  4:40
3 I'll Remember April (DePaul, Johnston, Raye)  4:20
4 Neil's Blues (Morgan)  5:00
5 The Champ (Gillespie)  4:48
6 Chooch (Morgan)  3:30
7 The Nearness of You (Carmichael, Washington)  5:10
8 Whippet (Morgan)  4:25
9 Milt's Tune (Jackson)  4:32
10 Get Happy (Arlen, Koehler)  3:57
11 Cresecendo Blues (Sheldon)  6:04
12 "Huh ! " (Morgan ?)  6:32
13 Autumn Leaves (Kosma, Mercer, Prévert)  3:38
14 Well, You Needn't (Monk)  6:17
15 B.T. (Timmons)  3:58


[# 1-4]
Frank Morgan - as
Conte Candoli - tp
Wild Bill Davis - org
Robert Rodriguez - b
Rafael Miranda - dr & cg
Jose Mangual - bg
Ubaldo Nieto - tmb
Recorded in Los Angeles ; 1955
[# 5-10]
Frank Morgan - as
Conte Candoli - tp
Wardell Gray - ts
Howard Roberts - g
Carl Perkins - p
Leroy Vinnegar - b
Lawrence Marable - dr
Recorded in April 1954
[# 11-15]
Jack Sheldon - tp
Frank Morgan - as
James Clay - ts & fl
Bobby Timmons - p
Jimmy Bond - b
Lawrence Marable - dr
Recorded at "Crescendo Club", Los Angeles, California ; August 11, 1956


Orbyt said...

I'm a huge Morgan fan so this is especially welcome. Mille mercis Mel!

swamielmo said...

thanks in advance, i love wardell so it all looks great.

rm said...

merci beaucoup

L.O.L. said...

Thanks Baruch.

Kovina Kris said...

Very nice post and one I've been hoping to find. Thank you kind sir!

Lino said...
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Lino said...

Someone could give me the PW to open the downloaded file? I've the old one, but it doesn't work.
Thank anyway

L.O.L. said...

Lino. Just click PW on the top of this blog. There are three diferent pass.

neil said...

This one passed me by; many thanks, mel...

Ferrán Blasco said...

The file SW:
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Kneigh said...

Many, many thanx for the re-up, Melanchthon!! The linx worked just fine for me today in the good ole USofA.

deGallo said...

Great! Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Mike said...

A quick check reveals zero Frank Morgan on the shelves... thanks for this one!

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you for the great share, Mel!

chuchuni said...

Never heard this one, thanks Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Dirk Bill said...

Thanks for this, I have always wanted to hear it! And the Rare Dawn Sessions, some Wardell Gray I did not have, really excellent also! Like the rest of your blog!

Melanchthon said...

Angel said...

So good!

bluebird said...

Many thanks mel.

kike said...

Thanks Mel!