Frank Morgan – Easy Living {Contemporary}[OJC]

Review by Scott Yanow (

After nearly 30 years off the scene, altoist Frank Morgan made a remarkable comeback. Despite his years in prison and obscurity, he had not lost anything in his playing; in fact, he had grown as an individual. Teamed with pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Tony Dumas and drummer Billy Higgins, Morgan (still just 51) digs into songs by Walton, McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter and Antonio Carlos Jobim that had not been written when he had last recorded; in addition, he plays versions of three standards that recall his main inspiration, Charlie Parker. Morgan’s improbable comeback after such a long period was fortunately permanent. This set (originally released by Contemporary) has been reissued on CD in the Original Jazz Classics series, and in addition to being a historic date, the music is excellent.

01 – Manha de Carnaval
02 – Yes and No
03 – Easy Living
04 – The Rubber Man
05 – Third Street Blues
06 – Three Flowers
07 – Embraceable You
08 – Now’s the Time

Frank Morgan – alto saxophone
Cedar Walton – piano
Tony Dumas – bass
Billy Higgins – drums

Recorded digitally at Monterey Sound Studio, Glendale, CA; June 12 and 13, 1985.

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork