Lee Morgan: The Sidewinder


The Sidewinder


Lee Morgan (trumpet)


The Sidewinder (Blue Note 4953322)

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Lee Morgan (trumpet), Joe Henderson (tenor sax), Barry Harris (piano), Bob Cranshaw (bass), Billy Higgins (drums).

Composed by Lee Morgan


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, N.J., December 21, 1963


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Having been a member of both Art Blakey’s and Dizzy Gillespie’s bands at age 18, the prodigious trumpeter Lee Morgan, at first a disciple of Clifford Brown, was well into the development of a personal style at his untimely death at age 33. The Sidewinder is one of numerous recordings he made under his own name in the mid-1960s. Its hip-shaking title selection, with its funky bassline, strong backbeat, and Latinesque accents underpinning an earthy blues line, became a major hit and helped usher in the soul jazz/ boogaloo style.

Reviewer: David Franklin

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