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Lanny Morgan: Pacific Standard

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Morgan is as full of bebop fire as when he was a young featured soloist with Maynard Ferguson’s incendiary big band of the early ’60s. Not as well known as alto saxophone contemporaries like Phil Woods, Jackie McLean, Bud Shank and Frank Morgan, he is equally fluent in the language developed by Charlie Parker and speaks it eloquently in this set of ten standard songs.

The repertoire is pieces by Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Julie Styne and other popular composers without whose work jazz players would have far fewer vehicles for improvisation. The rhythm section, sparked by drummer Joe LaBarbera, includes pianist Tom Ranier and bassist Dave Carpenter, Morgan’s colleague in the Bill Holman band.

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