Great Footage of Lee Morgan: Bob Cranshaw Remembers Lee

Cover of "Sidewinder"
Cover of Sidewinder

Lee Morgan has such personality and feeling in his playing. He’s one of my all-time favorite trumpeters. Man! Could that guy play. Bob Cranshaw played bass with Lee Morgan and talks about Lee in this interview, interspersed with great footage of Lee Morgan playing tunes like Doodlin’, Night in Tunisia, and Sidewinder. Cranshaw talks about the Sidewinder sessions.

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Alas, we lost Lee Morgan tragically in the early hours of February 19, 1972, at Slug’s Saloon, a jazz club in New York City’s East Village where his band was performing. Following an altercation between sets, Morgan’s common-law wife Helen More (a.k.a. Morgan), shot him. The injuries were not immediately fatal, but the ambulance service was reluctant to go into the neighborhood where the club was located. They took so long to get there that Morgan bled to death. He was 33 years old.

You’ve GOT to check out his music. My favorites are his years with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, but that’s a tough call. It’s all great. Probably my favorite tune that Lee Morgan wrote is the beautiful  CeoraBut if I’m in a more “up” mood, the tune Bob Cranshaw talks about (written by Lee Morgan in about 20 minutes in the bathroom), is also my favorite, Sidewinder.

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