|Studio album by Lee Morgan|
|Released||End of February/Early March 1958|
|Recorded||September 29, 1957
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack
|Lee Morgan chronology|
The Cooker is an album by the jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan, released on the Blue Note label in 1958 as BLP 1578. It was recorded on September 29, 1957, and features a quintet with Morgan, Pepper Adams, Bobby Timmons, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones.
This is the first album to feature his own compositions, and the first without any compositions by Benny Golson.
On "A Night in Tunisia", Morgan avoids being compared with Charlie Parker's famous 4-bar break on the piece by not playing during it; he then plays a rapid solo that is mostly in double time. Morgan's composition "Heavy Dipper" is "an infectious, medium-tempo swinger". "Just One of Those Things" is another up-tempo piece. "Lover Man" is a ballad.
The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 3.5 stars, stating: "Morgan plays remarkably well for his age (already ranking just below Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis), making this an essential acquisition."
|The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide|||
- "A Night in Tunisia" (Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli) – 9:24
- "Heavy Dipper" (Lee Morgan) – 7:05
- "Just One of Those Things" (Cole Porter) – 7:18
- "Lover Man" (Jimmy Davis, Roger Ramirez, Jimmy Sherman) – 6:50
- "New-Ma" (Morgan) – 8:14
- "Just One of Those Things" [Alternative Take] – 7:50 Bonus track on CD
- Lee Morgan – trumpet
- Pepper Adams – baritone saxophone
- Bobby Timmons – piano
- Paul Chambers – bass
- Philly Joe Jones – drums