Lee Morgan is another artist largely known for one record. In the case of the jazz trumpeter best known for his work on the Blue Note label, the track is "Sidewinder", an infectious dance tune that has been a hit for successive generations since the 1960s. On "Standards", a collection of tracks from the same period, listeners get to hear another side to this gifted musician. He is particularly impressive on "God Bless the Child" and "Blue Gardenia", two slower numbers particularly associated with Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington respectively.
No fewer than three of the sidemen for the Morgan dates - saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock and bassist Ron Carter - are featured on "The Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-68, a six-CD set of the complete studio recordings of that period just being released as part of the Colombia Legacy series. Though many will have individual albums such as ESP, Miles Smiles and Filles de Kilimanjaro, putting them all together in a package like this demonstrates the evolution of a remarkable group at what can now be seen as a musical cross-roads.
If Miles's reputation is already well established, Charles Earland's is in need of a boost. Not nearly as well known as he should be, the Hammond organist and a band including Eric Alexander and James Rotundi on tenor and trumpet give the young acid jazzers a good run for their money on Blowing the Blues Away (Highnote). With tunes from Herbie Hancock, Anita Baker and Joe Sample and even a gospel number mixed up with a clutch of Horace Silver songs, there is plenty of versatility on a soulful collection.Reuse content