The Sidewinder is a 1964 album by the jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan, recorded at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood, New Jersey, U.S. It was released on the Blue Note label as BLP 4157 and BST 84157. The title track, "The Sidewinder", 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 became Blue Note's best-selling record ever, breaking the previous sales record roughly ten times over. Record producer
Record producer Michael Cuscuna recalls the unexpected success: "the company issued only 4,000 copies upon release. Needless to say, they ran out of stock in three or four days. And 'The Sidewinder' became a runaway smash making the pop 100 charts." By January 1965, the album had reached No. 25 on the Billboard chart. The title track was used as the music in a Chrysler
Chrysler television advertisement and as a theme for television shows. Many subsequent 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.
1 Music and recording 2 Reception 3 Track listing 4 Personnel 5 References 6 External links
Music and recording
The original album's five tracks, all written by Morgan, are heavily
blues-based, and feature tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, then 26,
whom Morgan (then 25) claimed at the time to be mentoring. Also
present are the noted jazz drummer Billy Higgins, bop pianist Barry
Harris and bassist Bob Cranshaw.
The Penguin Guide to
"The Sidewinder" – 10:25 "Totem Pole" – 10:11 "Gary's Notebook" – 6:03 "Boy, What a Night" – 7:30 "Hocus Pocus" – 6:21 "Totem Pole" [Alternative take] – 9:57 Bonus track on CD reissue
^ 2015 liner notes to the
Search for the New Land
Helgeson, Jeff. Lee Morgan: Biography. Accessed August 13, 2007
Leonard Feather on The Sidewinder