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A Night In The Life *
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Album: A Night In The Life *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Confirmation
2)    On Green Dolphin Street
3)    Half Nelson
4)    Hot House
5)    Billie's Bounce
6)    It's Only a Paper Moon
 

Album: A Night In The Life *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Confirmation
2)    On Green Dolphin Street
3)    Half Nelson
4)    Hot House
5)    Billie's Bounce
6)    It's Only a Paper Moon
 
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  • Personnel: Frank Morgan (alto saxophone); Frank Morgan All-Stars (alto saxophone); George Cables (piano); Curtis Lundy (bass instrument); Billy Hart (drums).
  • Audio Mixer: Randall Funke.
  • Liner Note Author: Mark Keresman.
  • Recording information: Jazz Standard, New York, NY (11/28/2003-11/30/2003).
  • Photographer: Gene Martin.
  • Frank Morgan's final release while still alive stands as a testament to his gentle, unassuming soul, his fluid drive playing the bop music born from the seeds and stems germinated by Charlie Parker, and his ability to touch a live audience with music. This third volume of club dates at the Jazz Standard in New York City falls along the lines of the previous issues, with pianist George Cables, bassist Curtis Lundy, and drummer Billy Hart in capable, empathetic, and friendly support. There's nothing new or earth-shattering about the six standards and bop chestnuts heard here, but the pure love injected by Morgan, well into his seventies, is as heartwarming as it is impressive. Morgan may miss a note here or there, as on the intro number, Parker's tricky "Confirmation," but that's nitpicking. It seems his ideas flow for days and weeks instead of the eight- to ten-minute average tune he interprets. The alto sax master is truly involved with these melodies and plays them in an unhurried fashion, but seemingly can't wait to start his solos, where he truly is a master of the art. Cables provides good energy and a salacious wit, not to mention monster chops and a highly advanced harmonic chordal approach. There's a vocal quality to "Half Nelson" that can't be denied, as Morgan is literally singing through his horn, and he uses unique slightly staggered phrasings, reflective of his laid-back personality, during "Hot House." Where everyone has done "On Green Dolphin Street" to death, Morgan renders a thin interpretation, playing to and hinting at the changes simultaneously. And when he performs "Billie's Bounce," he hits the melody running and never lets up. It's hard to choose between any of the three volumes; they're all equally good, and reflect how truly talented Morgan remained even after many concerns about his health, his drug addiction, and his full embrace of the gypsy travelin' man jazz lifestyle. ~ Michael G. Nastos
Professional Reviews
Down Beat (p.74) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[Morgan's] defiant musicality and lack of complacency allow for the sporadic split-tone punches that keep 'Dolphin Street' vivid and green."

JazzTimes (p.74) - "Morgan exudes relaxation, musical maturity and superb self-editing....His high notes sound like shouts of joy."
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