Album artwork for The Sidewinder by Lee Morgan
Album artwork for The Sidewinder by Lee Morgan

Carried by its almost impossibly infectious eponymous opening track, The Sidewinder helped foreshadow the sounds of boogaloo and soul-jazz with its healthy R&B influence and Latin tinge. While the rest of the album retreats to a more conventional hard bop sound, Morgan's compositions are forward-thinking and universally solid. Only 25 at the time of its release, Morgan was accomplished (and perhaps cocky) enough to speak of mentoring the great Joe Henderson, who at 26 was just beginning to play dates with Blue Note after getting out of the military. Henderson makes a major contribution to the album, especially on Totem Pole, where his solos showed off his singular style, threatening to upstage Morgan, who is also fairly impressive here. Barry Harris, Bob Cranshaw, and Billy Higgins are all in good form throughout the album as well, and the group works together seamlessly to create an album that crackles with energy while maintaining a stylish flow.

Lee Morgan

The Sidewinder

Blue Note
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Album artwork for Album artwork for The Sidewinder by Lee Morgan by The Sidewinder - Lee Morgan
Album artwork for The Sidewinder by Lee Morgan
LP

£24.99

180 Gram Vinyl. Mastered from Original Analogue Tapes.

Black
Released 18/06/2021Catalogue Number

743886

Album artwork for The Sidewinder by Lee Morgan
CD

£6.99

Released 03/03/2017Catalogue Number

4953322

Usually dispatched in 5-10 days

Lee Morgan

The Sidewinder

Blue Note
Album artwork for Album artwork for The Sidewinder by Lee Morgan by The Sidewinder - Lee Morgan
Album artwork for Album artwork for The Sidewinder by Lee Morgan by The Sidewinder - Lee Morgan
Album artwork for The Sidewinder by Lee Morgan
LP

£24.99

180 Gram Vinyl. Mastered from Original Analogue Tapes.

Black
Released 18/06/2021Catalogue Number

743886

Album artwork for The Sidewinder by Lee Morgan
CD

£6.99

Released 03/03/2017Catalogue Number

4953322

Usually dispatched in 5-10 days

Carried by its almost impossibly infectious eponymous opening track, The Sidewinder helped foreshadow the sounds of boogaloo and soul-jazz with its healthy R&B influence and Latin tinge. While the rest of the album retreats to a more conventional hard bop sound, Morgan's compositions are forward-thinking and universally solid. Only 25 at the time of its release, Morgan was accomplished (and perhaps cocky) enough to speak of mentoring the great Joe Henderson, who at 26 was just beginning to play dates with Blue Note after getting out of the military. Henderson makes a major contribution to the album, especially on Totem Pole, where his solos showed off his singular style, threatening to upstage Morgan, who is also fairly impressive here. Barry Harris, Bob Cranshaw, and Billy Higgins are all in good form throughout the album as well, and the group works together seamlessly to create an album that crackles with energy while maintaining a stylish flow.