Moanin’

Lee Morgan and Oscar Peterson

“A rare encounter between two all-time greats”

It probably only happened once but fortunately it is on film.

Trumpeter Lee Morgan and pianist Oscar Peterson, two immortal jazzmen, traveled in different circles during their lives.

While Morgan became famous as a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and had a significant career as a bandleader in the 1960s, Peterson toured the world leading his own trios.

They teamed up together in 1961 to play a song that Morgan helped make famous with Blakey a few years earlier, Bobby Timmons’ “Moanin’,” a fine performance that can be seen in this formerly rare television appearance.

Personnel:

Lee Morgan, trumpet
Oscar Peterson, piano
Ray Brown, bass
Ed Thigpen, drums

– Scott Yanow