Many jazz fans are familiar with Lee Morgan’s 1970 recording Live at the Lighthouse. Hardcore Morgan heads also know that the double album was drawn from a three-night stand that same year (July 10-12) at the legendary Hermosa Beach, California jazz club, during which the trumpet titan and his quintet played four sets a night. (An extended three-CD version of the album was released in 1996.)
Now, more than 50 years after the recording, Blue Note is releasing a 12-LP/eight-CD collection of Morgan’s entire stand. The Complete Live at the Lighthouse, produced by Zev Feldman and David Weiss, drops July 30. A previously unreleased performance of “The Beehive” is currently available to stream or download.
The package features 33 tracks taken from all 12 sets recorded by Morgan and his band: multi-reedist Bennie Maupin, pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Jymie Merritt, and drummer Mickey Roker. (Jack DeJohnette sits in on drums for “Speedball,” on the last set of the first night.) It also includes a 28-page booklet with essays by Jeffrey McMillan and Michael Cuscuna, interviews with Maupin and Merritt (in his final extended interview before his death last year), and previously unpublished photos by Joel Franklin and Lee Tanner.