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Lee Morgan The Sidewinder: 75th Anniversary

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Lee Morgan The Sidewinder on LP 

Remastered and Reissued As Part of the Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign

It came about purely by accident. At the end of a Lee Morgan record date in 1963, one more song was needed. The trumpeter quickly put together a catchy ditty with a boogaloo rhythm that he called “The Sidewinder.” While it was born as an afterthought, “The Sidewinder” became Morgan’s biggest hit and launched a boogaloo craze, even being used on a nationally televised commercial. The irresistible playing by Morgan, Joe Henderson and a rhythm section propelled by Billy Higgins made this into one of Blue Note’s biggest selling records. 

Morgan, who was 25 at the time, had already been a household name in jazz for seven years. He began recording for Blue Note as a leader in 1956 when he was just 18, had been a featured member of the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band while still a teenager, and had been the star of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers during 1958-61. After a bit of time off the scene, in 1963 he launched his comeback with The Sidewinder. Beyond the classic title cut, The Sidewinder is also notable for four other Morgan hard bop originals including “Totem Pole” and “Gary’s Notebook.” 

Morgan is in brilliant form throughout, playing with the brashness, confidence and soulfulness that had made him famous as a child prodigy in jazz. Henderson was rapidly emerging as one of the top young tenor-saxophonists of the time, and the quintet, which had never played together as a unit before, sounded like a well-oiled jazz machine that was on high gear. Reissued in superb sound, The Sidewinder is not only one of the major musical highpoints of Lee Morgan’s life but music for the ages!

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

• Remastered and reissued as part of the Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign 
• Vinyl initiative spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was, to include 100 essential Blue Note albums 
• Includes special Blue Note 75 vinyl sleeve that features album cover art for 75 Blue Note titles 
• First run of vinyl to include Blue Note 75th logo on back of package 
• Key to the Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign is the creation of high quality audio at an affordable price 
• All year long Blue Note will celebrate their iconic artists and the history of the label with various events, digital initiatives, vinyl campaigns and more

Lee Morgan The Sidewinder Track Listing:

1.  The Sidewinder
2.  Totem Pole
3.  Gary's Notebook
4.  Boy, What a Night
5.  Hocus Pocus
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