Lee Morgan – Sonic Boom (Full Album)

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Sonic Boom is an album by jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan, recorded on April 14 and 28, 1967 but not released on the Blue Note label until 1979. The 2003 CD reissue added seven tracks recorded on September 12 & October 10, 1969 which were first released on the original double LP edition of The Procrastinator (Wikipedia).

“In addition to the great trumpeter Lee Morgan and a fine rhythm section (pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Billy Higgins), the well-rounded set is a bit special for it allows the often R&B-associated tenor David “Fathead” Newman an opportunity to stretch out in a more challenging setting than usual. Highlights include the funky “Fathead,” the complex “Sneaky Pete,” Morgan’s lyricism on “I’ll Never Be the Same,” and the infectious rhythms on “Mumbo Jumbo.” This is an undeservedly obscure session.” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic.

Track listing:
All compositions by Lee Morgan except where noted

“Sneaky Pete” – 5:45
“The Mercenary” – 7:10
“Sonic Boom” – 6:18
“Fathead” – 5:27
“I’ll Never Be the Same” (Malneck, Signorelli, Kahn) – 7:16
“Mumbo Jumbo” – 5:29


Lee Morgan – trumpet
David “Fathead” Newman – tenor saxophone
Cedar Walton – piano
Ron Carter – bass
Billy Higgins – drums


Released: 1979
Recorded: April 14 & 28, 1967
Studio: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Length: 37:25 original LP
Label: Blue Note
LT 987
Producer: Alfred Lion