Lee Morgan - Taru (1968) [24-bit remaster]
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Personnel: Lee Morgan (trumpet); Bennie Maupin (tenor saxophone); John Hicks (piano); George Benson (guitar); Reggie Workman (bass); Billy Higgins (drums).
Although he was past the glory days of THE SIDEWINDER or his membership in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers at this session, trumpeter Lee Morgan was perfectly capable of pulling out the stunning performances that had made him the golden boy of the hard-bop era. Morgan was only 30 when he recorded TARU for Blue Note in 1968. He died an untimely death in 1972, and the album wasn't released until several years after his passing. The usual fair of modal swingers like "Avotica One" and gentle ballads such as the beautifully waltzing "Haeschen" appear here along with the prerequisite SIDEWINDER-styled groovers "Dee Lawd" and "Durem." Morgan blows as strong and confident as on any of his previous hits, although with the rising tide of fusion on the horizon, it is easy to see why this disc may not have found favor in the late '60s. Luckily, it can now be enjoyed in the proper light and takes its place with the rest of Morgan's treasured catalog.
1. Avotcja One
3. Dee Lawd
4. Get Yourself Together (Get Yo'self Togetha)
5. Taru, What's Wrong With You