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Tremendous bop from one of the greats!
October 5, 1998
If you're a fan of jazz, you're likely a fan of Lee Morgan. His brilliant composition, tenacious solos, and sassy playfulness define the genre, and "Cornbread" captures Morgan at his ear-popping, toe-tapping best. With a stellar cast boasting the likes of Herbie Hancock, Billy Higgins, and the venerable Hank Mobley, Morgan finds himself in like company, and the timelessness of the session should surprise no one. The classic title track sets the tone-a contagious theme supported by an irresistible rhythm, and Morgan wastes little time before launching into his first tasty solo. "Our Man Higgins" is straight-ahead bop, with Morgan, McLean, Mobley, and Hancock each taking a turn--no time to catch your breath here! "Ill Wind" and "Most Like Lee" demonstrate Morgan's startling diversity. In the latter, Morgan attacks each note with the clarity and ferocity of a Clifford Brown, while in the former, not an original, he employs a mute and plays what sounds like a tribute to Miles Davis. But the gem of the session is "Ceora," a bossa-nova effort that makes you wonder why Morgan didn't play this sound more often. He handles the theme with surprising sensitivity, and Hancock's deft accompaniment follows suit. Alone, "Ceora" is worth the price of admission. Its inclusion on "Cornbread" makes the album a classic.