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Lee Morgan

Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder (Blue Note)


RELEASED: 4th December 2020 (subject to change)
180g Black Vinyl LP

Format:  180g Black Vinyl LP (Blue Note Classic Vinyl Reissue Series)
Cat No:  743886

The Blue Note Classic Vinyl Reissue Series, a continuation of the acclaimed Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series which was launched in celebration of their 80th anniversary in 2019. The Classic Series will once again feature all-analog 180g vinyl pressings in standard packaging that are mastered by Kevin Gray directly from the original master tapes and manufactured at Optimal in Germany.

In a review of the BN80 Vinyl Edition of Dexter Gordon’s Doin’ Allright, Analog Planet wrote “this reissue is a success for Blue Note in terms of quality at a great price point, and I look forward to the rest of this excellent and affordable series.” In selecting the BN80 Vinyl Edition of Herbie Hancock’s Takin’ Off as their Recording of the Month, Stereophile awarded the sonics of the pressing 4½ stars writing “The sound of this reissue is strong and articulate, with balance and clarity from all the instruments.”

Lee Morgan’s magnum opus The Sidewinder — recorded in 1963 and released in 1964 — was both a comeback and a coronation.
The prodigious trumpeter had debuted on Blue Note in 1956 at the age of 18, but personal problems in the early-60s forced him off the scene temporarily. His rebound recording turned out to be The Sidewinder, an assured and energetic set of 5 indelible Morgan originals featuring tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, pianist Barry Harris, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Billy Higgins.
The album became his biggest commercial success fuelled by the irrepressible title track.


The Sidewinder
Totem Pole
Gary's Notebook
Boy, What A Night