Lee Morgan records ‘The Sidewinder’ for Blue Note (1964)

Lee Morgan’s ‘The Sidewinder’ is an album recorded on December 21, 1963 and released in 1964 by Blue Note.

Track Listing : 1.The Sidewinder (Lee Morgan) – 10:25 . 2.Totem Pole (Lee Morgan) – 10:11 . 3.Gary’S Notebook (Lee Morgan) – 06:03 . 4.Boy, What A Night (Lee Morgan) – 07:30 . 5.Hocus Pocus (Lee Morgan) – 06:21

Francis Wolff

Musicians : Lee Morgan – Trumpet . Joe Henderson – Tenor Saxophone . Barry Harris – Piano . Bob Cranshaw – Double Bass . Billy Higgins – Drums

Production : Produced By Alfred Lion Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer

Package : Reid Miles – Cover Design . Francis Wolff asterisques RVM – Photography . Leonard Feather – Liner Notes

Recorded On December 21, 1963 At Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs.

Released In 1964 By Blue Note.


The unexpected success of “The Sidewinder” left Blue Note determined to produce another hit single. Dozens of mid-1960s LPs kicked off with bluesy R&B-tinged tracks in an effort to place the label back on the charts. Though most of these tracks were solid, none would ever duplicate the success of Morgan’s original. […]

The blues tunes are mixed up with different styles and different progression bar lengths but remains disappointingly watered down and tepid throughout (with one notable exception I will discuss later.) […]

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And what of Joe Henderson? Joe is not just a great saxaphone player heard here at his finest. He is a great empathiser. His is a modest and deeply democratic influence and this has in various ways at the different points of his career informed almost everything that he has done. […]


Lee Morgan’s ‘The Sidewinder’ on RVM [Radio.Video.Music]


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