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"6" The Lanny Morgan Sextet

by Lanny Morgan Sextet

Mainstream, bebop and post bebop by long-established jazz masters.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. Minor March
5:08 album only
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2. 213 Ocean Front
6:05 album only
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3. Little Folks
6:52 album only
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4. Between Races
4:41 album only
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5. Rollin\'
5:50 album only
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6. Pole Cat
8:47 album only
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7. Bird Song
8:30 album only
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8. Bagatelle
7:09 album only
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9. Pail Blues
2:54 album only
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10. Idyllwild Camp Parade
5:56 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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About Lanny Morgan

“I moved to NYC in March 1960 to join Maynard Ferguson’s band and played with his band and sextet until he left New York in 1966. I played with many people during my nine years in NYC,
including a two-year stint with jazz legend Howard McGhee’s big band, of which Steve Schaeffer was a member. New York had such an exciting and vital jazz scene in the ‘60s, and I was privileged to play a small part in it. I was around so much great music during those years, and I tried to absorb it all. I hope some of it shows a little in these tunes.”

Morgan’s signature sound has endured from his early years with Maynard Ferguson through decades of prominence with other bands and as leader of his own small groups. Since the ‘60s, his career has spanned an A-Z list of involvement with everyone notable in the recent history of jazz—Supersax, Bill Holman, Frank Capp’s Juggernaut, to name a few. A significant endorsement of his earned respect was the prestigious guest spot in a 2004 program titled “Bird Lives,” a tribute to revered alto saxman Charlie Parker. The program spotlighted Morgan in a performance with members of the Pasadena Symphony, reproducing the famous recording of “Charlie Parker with Strings,” and in a quartet setting, playing famous Parker tunes.

Overall, credits include TV, movie soundtracks, more than 100 albums, regular guest appearances throughout the U.K. and at major world festivals. Appearances at nearly 100 colleges and high schools coast-to-coast inspired of “Lanny’s Licks,” a book for beginning jazz improv students (Rheuben Publications). He has been an instructor for the past several years at Idyllwild Jazz Camp.

Morgan-led recordings are: “A Suite for Yardbird”(Fresh Sound FSR 5023 CD), “Pacific Standard” (Contemporary CCD 12085-2), “The Lanny Morgan Quartet” (VSOP #92), “It’s About Time” (Quicksilver Records QSCD2024, Palo Alto Jazz Masters).

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Robert G. Rutkas

I'm Such An Idiot
I forgot to give "6" a 5-Star rating in my first review. Buy this one, it is really special!!
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Phil McCarthy

Lanny Morgan Sextet "6"
THE LANNY MORGAN SEXTET

“6”
PERSONNEL:

Bob Summers Trumpet
Doug Webb Tenor Sax
Tom Ranier Piano
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Steve Schaeffer Drums
Lanny Morgan - Leader, Arranger
Alto sax

Without a doubt 6 is one of the best Lanny Morgan albums ever. Starting on the run with Minor March, establishing all three horns in a brilliant opening, the rhythm section sets a recurring theme that frames every chorus. That rhythm section is a fine example of a group of guys who had all played in New York in the most influential years, the 60’s and 70’s, playing music that is from the edge of the Pacific Ocean. That rhythm section then supports the finest unison playing heard in a long time.
213 Ocean Front is not an area code but an address where they used to hang out in Venice Beach. On this cut you can see the brilliance in choosing these particular players. Doug Webb shines on his chorus as does Tom Ranier. Tom is one of the most in demand pianists in Los Angeles. Slowing it down a bit we come to Little Folks written when Lannys children were 4 & 2. A fine tribute to the innocence of childhood and a Jazz watz in the finest tradition is a great showcase for Tom Rainier. Between Races, a piece written by Chuck Mangione, was recorded by the Maynard Ferguson sextet while Lanny was a member and so impressed Lanny that he included it on his first sextet recording. While Between Races was as East Coast as it gets so Rollin’epitomizes
the West Coast sound. Chuck Berghofer gets his licks in the epitome of a cruisin’ song. Quick, quick get yeee to Pacific Coast Highway crank it up and head to Malibu. Fine day for PCH and an inspired Jazz set. Lanny explains that Polecat is another word for skunk where he comes from in Iowa. Enough said. The music is still great .Great horn section harmonies, great arrangements with a section that could and have been in the greatest sections in some of the greatest bands of the land. Tom Ranier & Bob Summers with Doug Webb takes care of business. Opening with hi-hat and bass, Bird Song a Thad Jones composition was taken off a J.J.Johnson recording that Lanny heard and fell head over ears in love with. Everyone kicks ass on this and I am sure glad it is on here. Greats paying tribute to greats is always fun. I have the album that Lanny first recorded Bagatelle. Recorded with his quintet the arrangement was originally for a sextet.Well thirty years later we get this gem again. Lanny blows on this and proves once again he is the king of that Mark 6’.Blazing speed from all players and as always perfect time from Steve Schaeffer is right on. The title of Pail Blues was just a play on words but all the players legitimize the song as a contender for HOT,HOT song of this album. So this album has taken us from east to west with a stop maybe in Kansas City. It’s amazing how we as it gets. So we get to hear how these players sound getting back to their roots in their first chorus then we hear their styles developed over 30, 40 or 50 years on the traditional model. What we get is a history of Jazz in 5:57 . Well “6” is the most enjoyable album to listen to and the sophistication of the arrangements by Lanny Morgan played by the perfect musicians for this music makes us want more. The word is there is another sextet in the works plus an album with a guitar player containing some Bossa Nova tunes. BeBoppers doing Bossa Nova is the best. So till next time remember “Support Jazz it is an American Tradition.”


The Jazz Connection
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Phil McCarthy

The Lanny Morgan Sextet "6"
THE LANNY MORGAN SEXTET

“6”
PERSONNEL:

Bob Summers Trumpet
Doug Webb Tenor Sax
Tom Ranier Piano
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Steve Schaeffer Drums
Lanny Morgan - Leader, Arranger
Alto sax

Without a doubt 6 is one of the best Lanny Morgan albums ever. Starting on the run with Minor March, establishing all three horns in a brilliant opening, the rhythm section sets a recurring theme that frames every chorus. That rhythm section is a fine example of a group of guys who had all played in New York in the most influential years, the 60’s and 70’s, playing music that is from the edge of the Pacific Ocean. That rhythm section then supports the finest unison playing heard in a long time.
213 Ocean Front is not an area code but an address where they used hang at Venice Beach. On this cut you can see the brilliance in choosing these particular players. Doug Webb shines on his chorus as does Tom Ranier. Tom is one of the most in demand pianists in Los Angeles. Slowing it down a bit we come to Little Folks written when Lannys’ children were 4 &2. A fine tribute to the innocence of childhood and a Jazz waltz in the finest tradition is a great showcase for Tom Ranier. Between Races, a piece written by Chuck Mangione, was recorded by the Maynard Ferguson sextet while Lanny was a member and so impressed Lanny that he included it on his first sextet recording. While Between Races was as East Coast as it gets so Rollin’ epitomizes the West Coast sound. Chuck Berghofer gets his licks in the epitome of a cruisin’ song. Quick, quick get yeee to Pacific Coast Highway crank it up and head to Malibu. Fine day for PCH and an inspired Jazz set. Lanny explains that Polecat is another word for skunk where he comes from in Iowa. Enough said. The music is still great .Great horn section harmonies, great arrangements with a section that could and have been in the greatest sections in some of the greatest bands of the land. Tom Ranier & Bob Summers with Doug Webb take care of business. Opening with hi-hat and bass Bird Song a Thad Jones composition was taken off a J.J.Johnson recording that Lanny heard and fell head over ears in love with. Everyone kicks ass on this and I am sure glad it is on here. Greats paying tribute to greats is always fun. I have the album that Lanny first recorded Bagatelle. Recorded with his quintet the arrangement was written originally for a sextet. Well thirty years later we get this gem again. Lanny blows on this and proves once again he is the king of that Mark 6’.Blazing speed from all players and as always perfect time from Steve Schaeffer is right on. The title of Pail Blues was just a play on words but all the players legitimize the song as a contender for HOT,HOT song of this album. So this album has taken us from east to west with a stop maybe in Kansas City. It’s amazing how we always go back to the traditional. Idyllwild Camp Parade is as traditional as it gets. So we get to hear how these players sound getting back to their roots in their first chorus then we hear their styles developed over 30, 40 or 50 years on the traditional model. What we get is a history of Jazz in 6 minutes. Well “6” is the most enjoyable album to listen to and the sophistication of the arrangements by Lanny Morgan played by the perfect musicians for this music makes us want more. The word is there is another sextet in the works plus an album with a guitar player containing some Bossa Nova tunes. BeBoppers doing Bossa Nova is the best. So till next time remember “Support Jazz it is an American Tradition.”


The Jazz Connection
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Robert G. Rutkas

Lanny's THE MAN
I am the proud owner of every CD Lanny's made as a leader. Lanny is as powerful a player today as he has ever been! I think too much is made of his "BeBop" connection. Sure he can do "Donna Lee" as good or better than anyone else out there. But when you look at his body of recorded work, aside form his Parker specific album,you will find that most of it come from the Great American Songbook, mixed with many other great modern jazz tunes. "Between The Races" on this album is a great example. It was written by Chuck Mangione for The Jazz Messengers. I own the original vinyl, and I gotta tell ya, Lanny's version is the better of the two. This is an album I highly recommend. Absolutely brilliant.
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