Frank Morgan - Introducing Frank Morgan mp3 album

Frank Morgan - Introducing Frank Morgan mp3 album
Bop,Hard Bop
  • Performer:
    Frank Morgan
  • Title:
    Introducing Frank Morgan
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  • Style:
    Bop,Hard Bop
Frank Morgan - Introducing Frank Morgan mp3 album

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It isn't hard to understand why Frank Morgan's comeback received so much publicity in the '80s. Not only is he a great alto saxophonist, but he also had such a fascinating history -- one that was both tragic and inspiring. Tragic because he wasted so many years using heroin and behaving self-destructively, inspiring because he eventually turned his life around and resumed his recording career after 30 years away from the studio. Recorded for producer Gene Norman's GNP Crescendo label in 1955, Introducing Frank Morgan takes listeners back to a time when Morgan was only 21 and was being hyped as "the new Bird." The seminal Charlie "Bird" Parker had recently died, and GNP Crescendo exalted Morgan as "our candidate for his hard-to-fill and hallowed place." Of course, the notion that an artist of Bird's magnitude could somehow be replaced was simply absurd -- he was totally irreplaceable. Period. That said, Introducing Frank Morgan (his first album as a leader) was an extremely promising debut. Morgan (who is joined by West Coast heavyweights like trumpeter Conte Candoli, tenor man Wardell Gray, and bassist Leroy Vinnegar) soars on the uptempo selections and shows himself to be a very lyrical, warm, and expressive ballad player on "My Old Flame" and "The Nearness of You." Whether Morgan is turning his attention to "I'll Remember April" or Thelonious Monk's "Well, You Needn't," the strong Parker influence is impossible to miss -- and yet, Morgan was his own man even at 21. Like Phil Woods, Jackie McLean, and Sonny Stitt, he realized that being a Bird disciple didn't have to mean being an exact clone of his idol. Anyone who fell in love with Morgan's playing in the '80s or '90s would do well to go back and hear the fine performances that he gave listeners in 1955.


Conte Candoli - Trumpet
Wardell Gray - Sax (Tenor)
Larance Marable - Drums
Frank Morgan - Primary Artist, Sax (Alto)
Carl Perkins - Piano
Howard Roberts - Guitar
Leroy Vinnegar - Bass