Happy Belated Birthday, Lee Morgan

Lee Morgan
Lee Morgan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lee Morgan’s birthday was yesterday, July 10. Here’s Lee Morgan playing with the 1961 Oscar Peterson trio (OP, piano; Ed Thigpen, dr; Ray Brown, b).

The tune is deceptively simple, but it’s easy to rush those quarter note and dotted quarter note rhythms on the head of the tune. If you’re not paying attention, you’re gonna speed up instead of laying it back.

Play along. Changes in C are here (thanks to MRB). Real Book, vol. 2 in which Moanin’ appears can be found in C (piano, guitar, etc.)Bb (trumpet, clarinet, t. sax)Eb (alto sax) and bass clef.

Want to compare Lee Morgan’s version below to Freddie Hubbard’s? Click here.

Want to learn more about the best ways to practice? Get an e-mail with a discount code when The Practice of Practice by Jonathan Harnum is published (June, 2014). To learn more about the book, check out a sample from The Practice of Practice.


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