The Sidewinder (Lee Morgan)

In The Sidewinder on December 17, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Lee_Morgan-The_SidewinderThe Sidewinder is a 1964 album by jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan, recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood, New Jersey. 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 a huge seller, and highly influential – 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. Record producer Michael back sidewinderCuscuna 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 television advertisement and as a theme for television shows.

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