Electrifying Track: Heavy Dipper


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In September 1957, trumpeter Lee Morgan recorded his album The Cooker with baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams, pianist Bobby Timmons, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones. Heavy Dipper is a Morgan original. It's a light, high-stepping tune that alternates between minor and major keys and has plenty of snap. Everyone in the quintet gets a chance to solo. This was a rare pairing of Morgan and Adams, who recorded most often with trumpeter Donald Byrd. Interestingly, Morgan, Chambers and Jones weeks earlier recorded on John Coltrane's classic Blue Train while Timmons was about to join Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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