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.

(Source Lee Morgan – The Sidewinder | Lee Morgan @ Wikipedia)


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. […]


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