Abdul Wadud, a cellist who pioneered the use of his instrument as a vehicle for jazz improvisation, died August 10 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was … Read More “Pioneering Cellist Abdul Wadud Dies at 75”
2. Lee Morgan The Complete Live at the Lighthouse (Blue Note)
How often can you add four hours of music to an already legendary live engagement without the slightest dip in quality? The extra renditions retain the quintet’s cohesive fire—the white, blue, and orange flames just dance differently. It’s simply more of Bennie Maupin’s triumphant swan song to hard bop; more of a killer rhythm section, steeped in R&B, flipping bop toward fusion; and more Lee Morgan shedding larvae for incandescence. BRITT ROBSON
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