Lee Morgan – The Sidewinder


The Philadelphia-born trumpeter and superb bop stylist Lee Morgan apprenticed with Dizzy Gillespie and Art Blakey before emerging as a leader in his own right in the early ’60s for Blue Note Records. Although Morgan owed a stylistic debt to both Gillespie and Clifford Brown, he quickly developed a voice of his own that combined half-valve effects, Latin inflections, and full, fluid melodies. While many of Morgan’s later sessions for Blue Note would find him paired with saxophonist Hank Mobley, The Sidewinder features then up-and-coming tenor player Joe Henderson, plus Detroit pianist Barry Harris, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Billy Higgins. Along with the title track, an unconventional 24-bar blues, the album’s compositional standout is “Totem Pole,” a minor Latin groove featuring an outstanding solo by Henderson. This is the kind of relaxed blowing date, invigorated by thoughtful performances, that forms the backbone of the Blue Note catalog.

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01. The Sidewinder
02. Totem Pole
03. Gary’s Notebook
04. Boy, What a Night
05. Hocus Pocus
06. Totem Pole (Alternate Take)

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2 Responses to “Lee Morgan – The Sidewinder”

  1. untchble says:

    Another classic from Rappamelo!

  2. Kaneda says:

    thanks for all the records you are sharing! im learning a lot about jazz

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