Lee Morgan: The Sidewinder
Lee Morgan (trumpet)
The Sidewinder (Blue Note 4953322)
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