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The Sidewinder is a 1963 album by jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan. The title track was one of the defining recordings of the soul jazz genre, becoming a jazz standard. An edited version was released as a single. The album was to become a huge seller, and highly influential - many subsequent Lee Morgan albums, and other Blue Note discs, would duplicate (or approximate) this album's format, by following a long, funky opening blues with a handful of conventional hard bop tunes.

The original album's five tracks feature tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, then 26, whom Morgan (then 25) claimed at the time to be mentoring. Also present are the noted free jazz drummer Billy Higgins, and double bassist Bob Cranshaw, who would soon switch to electric bass and begin a decades-long association with Sonny Rollins.

All of the compositions were written by Morgan; all but the Cole Porter-like "Hocus Pocus" are heavily blues-based.

Track listing

1. "The Sidewinder" – 10:21
2. "Totem Pole" – 10:11
3. "Gary's Notebook" – 6:03
4. "Boy, What a Night" – 7:30
5. "Hocus Pocus" – 6:21


* Lee Morgan - trumpet
* Joe Henderson - tenor saxophone
* Billy Higgins - drums
* Barry Harris - piano
* Bob Cranshaw - bass
from: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidewinder
Added by Wim Barbier
11 years ago on 13 February 2007 14:20

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