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Jackie McLean and Lee Morgan: the Dynamic Hardbop Duo

Jazz writer David Rosenthal called Jackie McLean and Lee Morgan "a frontline match made in hardbop heaven."

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Jackie McLean Consequence

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CONSEQUENCE: One of several 1960s Blue Note LPs that teamed Morgan and McLean.

“Jackie and Lee: a Hardbop Dynamic Duo” features the mid-1960s Blue Note recordings of alto saxophonist Jackie McLean and trumpeter Lee Morgan. Both veterans of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, McLean and Morgan joined in the studio on several occasions to produce some of the most searing hardbop records Blue Note ever put out. Their trenchant, biting attack, an ability to convey a kind of street lyricism, and a sardonic humor in Morgan’s approach coupled with an edgy pathos in McLean’s led jazz writer David Rosenthal to call them “a frontline match made in hardbop heaven.”

We’ll hear selections from the Morgan album Infinity and the McLean LP Consequence, in addition to sides from Morgan’s Cornbread date and the Grachan Moncur album Evolution.

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Portrait of Doll
Lee Morgan — Infinity (Blue Note, 1965)
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Portrait of Doll
Lee Morgan — Infinity (Blue Note, 1965)

Notes: Jackie McLean composition. With Jackie McLean on alto sax.

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Our Man Higgins
Lee Morgan — Cornbread (Blue Note, 1965)

Notes: Lee Morgan composition. With Jackie McLean on alto sax.

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Bluesanova
Jackie McLean — Consequence (Blue Note, 1965)

Notes: Lee Morgan composition. With Lee Morgan on trumpet.

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Consequence
Jackie McLean — Consequence (Blue Note, 1965)

Notes: McLean composition. With Lee Morgan on trumpet.

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Miss Nettie B.
Lee Morgan — Infinity (Blue Note, 1965)

Notes: Midpoint music bed.

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Air Raid
Grachan Moncur — Evolution (Blue Note, 1963)

Notes: Moncur composition. With Lee Morgan on trumpet and Jackie McLean on alto sax. Available on Mosaic Records' GRACHAN MONCUR SELECT.

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Growing Pains
Lee Morgan — Infinity (Blue Note, 1965)

Notes: Lee Morgan composition. With Jackie McLean on alto sax.

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Slumber
Jackie McLean — Consequence (Blue Note, 1965)

Notes: Lee Morgan composition. With Morgan on trumpet.

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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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