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Wayne Shorter/Lee Morgan – Complete Vee-Jay Sessions (6CD) Mosaic (1959-1961) [16-44]

Mosaic Records continues to repackage and remaster previously released and unreleased material by jazz legends past and present. Here, the ongoing saga continues with this sharply produced set featuring trumpeter Lee Morgan and saxophonist Wayne Shorter’s recordings for the now defunct, Chicago, IL-based Vee-Jay recording label. With this six-CD compilation, the listener will find meticulously detailed annotations of the story behind Vee-Jay, chronological accounts of the musicians’ backgrounds and basically what was transpiring during 1959 and 1961, which denotes the time frame of these sessions. The producers also provide an album index of the original recordings and a reference matrix of the personnel on a per-disc basis. And while Morgan was a rising star who had already released six LPs as a leader for Blue Note records, these works represent Shorter’s initial dates as a leader. Here we find Morgan manning a front-line attack with either Shorter performing on tenor sax or his collaborations with alto saxophonist Frank Strozier, drummers Art Blakey, and Louis Hayes, pianist Bobby Timmons, and many others of note who appear throughout the entire scope of these discs. Basically, the music is formulated from within the hard bop vein amid a number of medium-tempo and hard-swinging motifs, ballads, and alternate takes.

Shorter proceeded to record a number of exceptional LPs for Blue Note Records, whereas, his already shining star had rapidly risen thanks to his affiliation with Miles Davis and collaboration with keyboardist Joe Zawinul in the pioneering fusion band Weather Report. Meanwhile, Morgan was viewed upon as being the logical successor to trumpeter Clifford Brown as he surged onward to record several timeless classics prior to his tragic death in 1972. Hence, this presentation supplies additional evidence to their everlasting influences as you are treated to Morgan’s fluent lines, subtle inflections, radiant lyricism, and Shorter’s sinewy attack, penetrating extended notes and optimal utilization of space.

Thanks go out for another great share.

Label: Mosaic Records / MD6-202
Release Date: 2000

Track Listings:
Disc 1 – The Young Lions (1960)

  1. Seeds Of Sin (alt tk) 5:48
  2. Seeds Of Sin 5:45
  3. Scourin’ (alt tk) 6:14
  4. Scourin’ 5:55
  5. Fat Lady (alt tk) 5:23
  6. Fat Lady 5:00
  7. Peaches and Cream 6:51
  8. That’s Right 11:35

Disc 2 – Here’s Lee Morgan (1960)

  1. Running Brook (1st version) 6:47
  2. Terrible T (1st version) 6:55
  3. Mogie (1st alt tk) 7:32
  4. Mogie (2nd alt tk) 7:29
  5. Mogie 7:41
  6. Off Spring (alt tk) 6:39
  7. Off Spring 6:18
  8. Bess (alt tk) 6:39
  9. Bess 6:29
  10. Running Brook (alt tk) 6:16
  11. Running Brook 6:08
  12. Terrible T (alt tk) 5:41
  13. Terrible T 5:14
  14. I’m a Fool To Want You (1st alt tk) 5:54
  15. I’m a Fool To Want You 5:35
  16. I’m a Fool To Want You (2nd alt tk) 5:48

Disc 3 – Expoobident (1961)

  1. Expoobident (alt tk) 5:11
  2. Expoobident 5:02
  3. Fire (alt tk) 5:07
  4. Fire 4:52
  5. Just In Time (alt tk) 5:46
  6. Just In Time 3:33
  7. Triple Track (alt tk) 5:13
  8. Triple Track 5:03
  9. Easy Living 5:59
  10. The Hearing 3:37
  11. Lost and Found 3:32

Disc 4 – Introducing Wayne Shorter (1959)

  1. Blues A La Carte (alt tk) 5:43
  2. Blues A La Carte 5:40
  3. Harry’s Last Stand (alt tk) 5:01
  4. Harry’s Last Stand 4:46
  5. Down In The Depths (alt tk) 10:17
  6. Down In The Depths 9:40
  7. Pug Nose (alt tk) 8:14
  8. Pug Nose 6:54
  9. Black Diamond (alt tk) 7:46
  10. Black Diamond 6:06
  11. Mack The Knife 6:23

Disc 5 – Second Genesis (1960)

  1. The Ruby And The Pearl (alt tk) 7:39
  2. The Ruby And The Pearl 5:59
  3. Pay As You Go 3:45
  4. Second Genesis 4:13
  5. Mr. Chairman (alt tk) 3:16
  6. Mr. Chairman 3:17
  7. Tenderfoot (alt tk) 2:50
  8. Tenderfoot 3:28
  9. The Albatross (alt tk) 5:14
  10. The Albatross 5:26
  11. Getting To Know You (alt tk) 4:35
  12. Getting To Know You 4:20
  13. I Didn’t Know What Time It Was 5:30

Disc 6 – Wayning Moments (1961)

  1. Black Orpheus (alt tk) 4:42
  2. Black Orpheus 4:38
  3. Dead End (1st alt tk) 4:41
  4. Dead End (2nd alt tk) 5:12
  5. Dead End 4:36
  6. All Or Nothing At All (alt tk) 3:01
  7. All Or Nothing At All 2:59
  8. Calloway Went That-A-Way (alt tk ) 4:00
  9. Calloway Went That-A-Way 4:52
  10. Wayning Moments (1st alt tk) 6:20
  11. Wayning Moments 4:22
  12. Wayning Moments (2nd alt tk) 4:22
  13. Moon Of Manakoora (alt tk) 4:49
  14. Moon Of Manakoora 3:45
  15. Powder Keg (alt tk) 3:38
  16. Powder Keg 3:14
  17. Devli’s Island (alt tk) 4:00
  18. Devil’s Island 3:54

[16-44]

Bass – Art Davis, Bob Cranshaw, Jymie Merritt
Drums – Art Blakey, Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes, Marshall Thompson (2)
Piano – Bobby Timmons, Cedar Walton, Eddie Higgins, Wynton Kelly
Tenor Saxophone – Wayne Shorter
Trumpet – Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan

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