The Procrastinator

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The Procrastinator
Studio album by Lee Morgan
Released 1978
Recorded July 14, 1967
September 12, 1969
October 10, 1969
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 77:21 original LP
40:03 CD reissue
Label Blue Note
BN-LA582-J2
Producer Alfred Lion (#1-6)
Francis Wolff (#7-13)
Lee Morgan chronology
Sonic Boom
(1967)
The Procrastinator
(1967)
The Sixth Sense
(1967)
Alternative cover
1995 CD reissue
Alternative cover
Japanese vinyl (1978)
Alternative cover
Japanese CD (1998, TOCJ-1629)

The Procrastinator is an album by jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan released posthumously on the Blue Note label, featuring performances by Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Billy Higgins. It was originally issued in 1978 as a double LP (“Jazz Classics Series”, BN-LA582-J2) featuring tracks recorded in three different sessions: July 1967, September 1969 and October 1969.[1] Alongside the US-issue there was a single album release in Japan the same year titled Lee Morgan All-Star Sextet, which only comprised the session of 1967 (ST-83023/GXF-3023).[2] The first and remastered CD-release, that came out in 1995 as part of the Blue Note “Connoisseur Series”, also included just this session. The remaining tracks of the original double album have been finally issued on CD in 1998 in Japan, then in 2003 in the US, as bonus tracks on Sonic Boom.

Six years after Morgan's early death The Procrastinator was the first in a line of a couple of other releases with previously-unissued sessions, that Blue Note launched in a “Classic Series” the following years (Sonic Boom, Tom Cat, Taru and Infinity).[3]

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars stating "It is surprising that Lee Morgan's The Procrastinator was not released when it was recorded in 1967 for the sextet (which includes Wayne Shorter, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Billy Higgins) lives up to their potential on a well-rounded set of originals by Morgan and Shorter. The music ranges from the funky "Party Time" (which sounds like it could have been written by Horace Silver) to more explorative pieces.".[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

Original double LP (1978, BN-LA582-J2)

  1. "The Procrastinator" (Morgan) - 8:06
  2. "Party Time" (Morgan) - 6:01
  3. "Dear Sir" (Shorter) - 6:55
  4. "Stop Start" (Morgan) - 6:12
  5. "Rio" (Shorter) - 6:11
  6. "Soft Touch" (Morgan) - 7:02
  7. "Free Flow" (Coleman) - 4:50
  8. "Stormy Weather" - (Arlen, Koehler) - 5:44
  9. "Mr. Johnson" (Mabern) - 6:11
  10. "The Stroker" (Priester) - 5:47
  11. "Uncle Rough" (Mabern) - 5:35
  12. "Claw-Til-Da" (Roker) - 3:07
  13. "Untitled Boogaloo" - 5:40

Recorded on July 14, 1967 (#1-6), September 12 (#8, 9, 13) and October 10, 1969 (#7, 10-12).

Single LP release in Japan (1978, ST-83023/GXF-3023), and 1995 CD reissue

  1. "The Procrastinator" (Morgan) - 8:06
  2. "Party Time" (Morgan) - 6:01
  3. "Dear Sir" (Shorter) - 6:55
  4. "Stop Start" (Morgan) - 6:12
  5. "Rio" (Shorter) - 6:11
  6. "Soft Touch" (Morgan) - 7:02

Personnel[edit]

Tracks 1-6

Track 7-13

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lee-Morgan-The-Procrastinator at Discogs
  2. ^ Lee-Morgan-All-Star-Sextet at Discogs
  3. ^ Lee Morgan discography at Discogs, see page 2.
  4. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed September 27, 2011