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Yoshi's Oakland
In Jack London Square across the street from BevMo 510 Embarcadero West Oakland, CA 94607
510-238-9200
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"Charisma: The Music of Lee Morgan"
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388 events
72 reviews
74 stars
attended Feb 04 2010

Unbelievably great band! With Billy Harper, Bennie Maupin, and Eddie Henderson on horns and Geri Allen, Dwayne Burno and Billy Hart in the rhythm section it was heaven on Earth! Arrangements by second trumpet David Weiss were also stellar and...continued

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117 reviews
50 stars
attended Feb 04 2010

Absolutely fantastic show! We enjoyed every minute of it, although I agree with the other reviewers who criticized the sound. (I also thought the lows were muddy, and it was too loud.)

I don't know if the poor sound is the fault of the sound...continued

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12 reviews
5 stars
attended Feb 04 2010

I would have to say this is was the best evening at Yoshi's I've had this and last year! You can't find hotter players than this.They swung like crazy. Not only do they have the chops, they have that hard bop drive and playing in the trenches till...continued

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About the musicians

Billy Harper – Tenor Sax

Bennie Maupin – Tenor, Soprano Sax and Bass Clarinet

Eddie Henderson – Trumpet

David Weiss – Trumpet

Geri Allen – Piano

Dwayne Burno – Bass

Billy Hart – Drums

About Lee Morgan

A cornerstone of the Blue Note label roster prior to his tragic demise, Lee Morgan was one of hard bop’s greatest trumpeters, and indeed one of the finest of the ‘60s. An all-around master of his instrument modeled after Clifford Brown, Morgan boasted an effortless, virtuosic technique and a full, supple, muscular tone that was just as powerful in the high register. His playing was always emotionally charged, regardless of the specific mood: cocky and exuberant on up-tempo groovers, blistering on bop-oriented technical showcases, sweet and sensitive on ballads and also found ways to mimic human vocal inflections by stuttering, slurring his articulations, and employing half-valved sound effects. As his original compositions began to take in elements of blues and R&B, he made greater use of space and developed an infectiously funky rhythmic sense. Morgan got his start with the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band but rose to prominence with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. In 1964, he recorded The Sidewinder for Blue Note Records. The Morgan-composed title track was a funky, danceable groover that drew from soul-jazz, Latin boogaloo, blues, and R&B in addition to Morgan’s trademark hard bop. It was unlike anything else he’d recorded before and became an unlikely hit for the label. It inched onto the lower reaches of the pop charts, and was licensed for use in a high-profile automobile ad campaign. Its success helped push The Sidewinder into the Top 25 of the pop LP charts, and the Top Ten on the R&B listing. Sales were brisk enough to revive the financially struggling Blue Note label, and likely kept it from bankruptcy; it also led to numerous ‘Sidewinder’-style grooves popping up on other Blue Note artists’ albums. Morgan was asked to write more tunes in the style of The Sidewinder in hopes of a follow-up hit and Morgan obliged but Morgan also formed a working band that was increasingly moving into more modal and free-form music, stretching the boundaries of hard bop. His funkier instincts were still evident as well, shifting gradually from boogaloo to early electrified. This sound is reflected on his last two albums, Live At The Lighthouse and what has become known as the Last Session which featured a tight, energetic, boundary stretching working band with bold new compositions from most of it’s members. Unfortunately the development of this group was cut short by Morgan’s tragic death in 1972. He was just 33 years old.

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