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Today on Ecléctico you're listening to a classic recording by jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan and a stellar sextet he put together in 1968 featuring an up-and-coming guitarist, George Benson. You'll go deeper with an excerpt from an article on the blog Bristol Jazz Crew.
"Avotcja One" by Lee Morgan
1968/1980 | Philadelphia-born, New York City-based jazz trumpeter
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Lee Morgan’s ‘Taru’ first recorded in 1968, but shamefully unreleased until 1980, and then even only fleetingly available, is often referred to by many as a ‘transitional’ recording, which actually does much to under-value this in-fact exquisite and under-appreciated album. True, Morgan is here moving away from his more traditional hard bop to take in some modal ideas, but also some subtle early fusion elements. Leading a sextet, he is ably supported throughout, most notably by Bennie Maupin’s tenor sax and George Benson’s unmistakable guitar, and together they take on an interesting mix of skillful covers, well-crafted and complex originals, boogaloos and modal jazz.
‘Avotcja One’ leads with some funky moves, courtesy of John Hicks, whose piano here is tastefully understated but perfectly atuned to the song, while Benson gets to shows some good chops.
Bonus: Here's the cover from the 1980 release. The cover above is from the subsequent CD reissue in 2000.