Lee Morgan - Suspended Sentence (1960)
A post from Alive Soul singing Lee Morgan’s praises reminded of my own Morgan-based obsession, which has coaxed me into hunting down every LP he appeared on in the roughly 17 years he was in the recording mix.
This under-the-radar 1990 CD release double-featuring Lee Morgan and Thad Jones is regrettably obscure. The Lee Morgan sides are impeccable, playing in what is essentially the Jazz Messengers-lite: Art Blakey and bassist Jymie Merritt are replaced here by Art Taylor and Jimmy Rowser. However, fellow 1960 Messengers Wayne Shorter and Bobby Timmons spit-shine this hard bop emerald composed by Shorter to a mirror finish.