27 August 2019


Without falling into an academic jazz analysis hole that goes way deeper than I'm equipped to climb out of, just listen to John Gilmore and Lee Morgan blow on this 1965 live recording. The entire ensemble is in complete control the whole time - the casual start to "Lament For Stacy" with Morgan's muted trumpet is the prime example - and the result is what feels like a simple and casual display of face melting chops spread out over this half hour-plus recording. Blakey as band leader uses the drums as much as encouragement as to keep time, creating a place for himself in the performance that feels like it was ready made just for him and his sticks. There's something special about listening to the masters, and hats off again to Loathed Sound for digging deep.

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