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Late Lee: Lee Morgan in the Early 1970s

Lee MorganIn the early 1970s trumpeter Lee Morgan was striking out in new directions, incorporating elements of modality, free jazz, and fusion into his music. Tragically, his life and career were cut short when he was shot to death at the age of 33 by his longtime lover in a New York City jazz bar. We’ll hear music from Morgan’s final Blue Note album, as well as selections from his last recording date (with organist Charles Earland, done just two days before Morgan’s death) and the 1970 album Live at the Lighthouse. In addition, we’ll hear an account from a jazz fan who was present at the bar the night that Morgan was killed.

Music Heard On This Episode

Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)

Notes: Opening theme.

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Speedball
Charles Earland — Intensity (Prestige/OJC, 1972)

Notes: Written by Lee Morgan; featuring Morgan on trumpet.

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Peyote
Lee Morgan — Live at the Lighthouse (Blue Note, 1970)

Notes: Written by tenor saxophonist Benny Maupin.

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Morgan
Charles Earland — Intensity (Prestige/OJC, 1972)

Notes: Featuring Lee Morgan on trumpet.

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Angela
Lee Morgan — Last Session (Blue Note, 1971)

Notes: Break music.

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Croquet Ballet
Lee Morgan — Last Session (Blue Note, 1971)

Notes: Written by tenor saxophonist Billy Harper.

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Inner Passions Out
Lee Morgan — Last Session (Blue Note, 1971)

Notes: Written by drummer Freddie Waits.

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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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