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The Sidewinder
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.[4] The title track was used as the music in a Chrysler
television advertisement and as a theme for television shows.[5][6] 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[edit] 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. Reception[edit] The Penguin Guide to Jazz
selected this album as part of its suggested "Core Collection" (with a crown), calling the title track "a glorious 24-bar theme as sinuous and stinging as the beast of the title. It was both the best and worst thing that was ever to happen to Morgan before the awful events of 19 February 1972," referring to Morgan's killing at the hand of his common-law wife.[7] The album was identified by Scott Yanow in his Allmusic
essay "Hard Bop" as one of the 17 Essential Hard Bop Recordings.[8] Track listing[edit] All songs composed by Lee Morgan.

"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


Lee Morgan
Lee Morgan
– trumpet Joe Henderson
Joe Henderson
– tenor saxophone Barry Harris
Barry Harris
– piano Bob Cranshaw
Bob Cranshaw
– bass Billy Higgins
Billy Higgins
– drums


^ 2015 liner notes to the Search for the New Land
Search for the New Land
SHM-CD by Michael Cuscuna ^ The Sidewinder
The Sidewinder
at AllMusic ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz
Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 147. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) ^ "Billboard Top LPs" (January 9, 1965) Billboard, p. 8. ^ Lee Morgan
Lee Morgan
biography Archived 2007-08-17 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Tom Cat original liner notes ^ Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006). "Lee Morgan". The Penguin Guide to Jazz
Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz
(8th. ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 944. ISBN 0-14-102327-9.  ^ Yanow, S. Hard Bop accessed December 7, 2009

External links[edit]

Helgeson, Jeff. Lee Morgan: Biography. Accessed August 13, 2007 Leonard Feather on The Sidewinder NPR: Basic Jazz