Watch the Morgan's Ride online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from 50 Jazz-Blues Licks You MUST Know
I was on my way back to Brooklyn from a gig one night years ago when I heard one of those tracks on the radio that you sit in the car and wait as long as you have to to find out what it was. Since this was before the internet, or at least before when DJs regularly posted their playlists to it, I pulled over and sat with my chisel poised over my stone tablet until the d.j. finally came on to reveal that what I’d been transfixed by was a Lee Morgan cut called "Sweet Honey Bee," from a mid-Sixties album called Charisma. And this is how I found out, in one fell swoop, about Morgan himself, about Duke Pearson (the composer of that and many other fantastic tunes, including the title cut to Grant Green's Idle Moments), drummer Billy Higgins, and saxophonist Hank Mobley. Time well spent, I’d say.
Mobley appeared with Morgan on the trumpeter’s 1956 Savoy label debut, Introducing Lee Morgan, as well as Cornbread and The Rajah, while Morgan returned the favor on Mobley albums including Peckin’ Time, Dippin’ and A Caddy for Daddy. All of which makes for some of my favorite music of that period.