28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
This is not one of Lee Morgan's best known records but it is one of hisbest. Such was the commercial success of 'The Sidewinder' that Blue Notewanted more of the same, and this set, the next chronologically, wasshelved for nearly two years, while a 'Sidewinder sequel' entitled 'TheRumproller' was hurried through to capitilise on the former's success withanother danceable funky opener to grab commercial notoriety.Unfortunately, although 'The Rumproller' is quite good, it was toocontrived to ever be in the same league as its predecessor, In some ways,Morgan was always plagued by 'The Sidewinders' success and the desire torepeat it in years to come.
'Search For The New land' on the other handwas a departure for Morgan, and all the more refreshing for it. The albumsees him expanding his repetoire in terms of both writing and soloingbeyond the big brash catchy hard bop soloing he was known for on his bestwork with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and 'The Sidewinder' What it lacksin immediacy and excitement, is made up for in more creative and variedmaterial and great musicianship.
Morgan clearly benefitted also herefrom a great line up supporting him. The sound is immediately differentfrom previous recordings, most obviously because of the inclusion of aguitarist in Grant Green, who excels throughout; while the combination ofthe more eclectic Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock avoids any hint of hardbop cliche or predictibilty.
The album is dominated by the 15 and a half minute opening title track,an ambitious extended composition which works very convincingly. The moodis calmer and more pastoral than much of his previous work, and it is bothintroduced and interspersed between solos with a repeated wistful, almostdreamy theme. Each soloist is outstanding, and at no point does it feellike the track has gone on too long; and the repeated theme gives thewhole a sense of circularity and completeness.
The remaining fourtracks are more familiar sounding but there is enough creative soloing onshow that the whole album has a sense of originality about it. 'MrKenyatta' is the standout of the four but the whole album is of a highstandard.
Morgan's own playing is terrific; while he displays his usualdexterity he also shows a subtler touch and greater command of mood andtexture than he had displayed before.
For all fans of Lee Morgan, 60s jazz or those who need persuading that hewas capable of more than full bloodied steaming hard bop, this is anessential recording.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
"Sidewinder" may be Morgan's most "popular" hit record but New Land must be his finest moment. More thoughtful in tone than its predecessor but superior in terms of composition, arrangement and even, I think, playing. The title track is a masterpiece in jazz writing for sextet, the moods changing throughout to create a tone poem (almost Zawinul-esque) full of curiosity, rapture, excitement. The solos by Morgan, Shorter and Hancock are magnificent between restatements of the beautiful main theme. I can listen to this 13 minute voyage over and over again. The other tracks are uniformly superb with Morgan and Shorter a perfect pairing, locking horns of memorable opening/closing themes on more typical Morgan material like Joker, the playful and exuberant Morgan the Pirate, and the moody Melancholee. Every performer shines and the solos are impeccable. Grant Green's guitar is used effectively, Workman's bass is solid and warm as ever and Higgins stick work floats deftly and with precision. The collection shows what a strong composer Morgan was and I can hear his influence on Shorter's later work. Jazz Top Ten material - no question.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2008
10 out of 10 for this one!
Lee Morgan was truly one of the greatest Jazz artist of all time.
That's a bold statement to make when you realise how deep the ocean is when it comes to jazz legends of the past.
My jazz collection spans from Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, Miles, Coltrane to contemporary jazz.
Lee Morgan had a very distinctive style that combined the power and delivery of Louis Armstrong with the finesse and subtle expression of Miles Davies.
Just listen to the way he bends his notes at it will bring a smile to your face.
Search For The New Land, expresses pain, anxiety and frustration with hope during a period of darkness in America's history during the civil rights movement of the 60's.
Wayne Shorter, Grant Green and Herbie Hancock step up to the plate to complete this masterpiece. These guys, all jazz greats in their own right, were on the top of the game and it shows.
As mentioned by the other reviewers, Lee Morgan has had success with Sidewinder, which is a great album. However, this one is better - it's one of my favourite album's because of demonstrates Lee's talents as a composer, a trumpet player and a band leader.
Lee Morgan had a sense of humour, as he always entitled an album track as a word-play on his name.
Buy it, You'll love it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is one of trumpeter Lee Morgan's finest BLUE NOTE sessions, recorded on February 15, 1964, with a stellar sextet featuring Wayne Shorter(tenor sax), Herbie Hancock(piano), Grant Green(guitar), Reggie Workman(bass) & Billy Higgins(drums).
Everyone's in superb form on five of Morgan's memorable originals, the highlights being 'The Joker', 'Mr Kenyatta' and the lyrical 16-minute title-track.
The creative hard bop on 'Search For The New Land' still sounds fresh almost 50 years later and this overlooked album is an essential item in any modern jazz collection.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2014
After the success of "The Sidewinder" Lee Morgan was under pressure from Blue Note to repeat the success, hence the release of the (less successful) album"The Rumproller". However this magnificent album was recorded in 1964 (but not released for another couple?).
A child prodigy Lee Morgan had been professional since 1953, aged fifteen. Here he is twenty six years old and the increasing maturity shows, even though he had made a score of brilliant albums previously (not all as leader). This album has just five tracks, the eponymous title track is the longest at nearly sixteen minutes.
A look at the line up is informative: Morgan, Shorter, Hancock, Grant Green, Reggie Workman and Billy Higgins.
Despite being composed by Morgan, the track "Search For The New Land" (possibly influenced by the rise in influence of the NAACP) has lot of similarities (to my ears) to "Maiden Voyage" by Herbie Hancock.
The remaining four tracks are more in the funk style associated with Shorter and Morgan's background with the Jazz Messengers.
A fine album throughout, the title track is superb.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2012
Lee's trumpet is always worth to listen and this cd is just a reconfirmation ! Inventive sound and a powerful Jazz !
on 11 June 2015
How to top sidewinder? this comes close
on 19 April 2015
I love Lee Morgan