To follow Fats Navarro, Chet Baker (here and here) and Clifford Brown, it’s worth adding Lee Morgan (1938–72) to our list of great jazz trumpeters (NB also trumpet tag). He was shot dead by his wife at Slug’s Saloon when he was only 33, before he could finish himself off with heroin—on which, do listen to this fine programme on the Lexington Narcotics Farm.
First, to pursue the theme of lineages, I remember Clifford (1958):
Still with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, among stiff competition, here he is with Wayne Shorter playing A night in Tunisia in 1959 (even the percussion intro is amazing):
Another ballad, from 1958:
And just listen to him with Coltrane in Blue train (1957)!
Here’s a video from 1961:
With Wayne Shorter again (1965):
Oh all right then, here’s The sidewinder (1963):
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