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Lee Morgan’s magnum opus The Sidewinder - recorded in 1963 and release 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 Joe Henderson, Barry Harris, Bob Cranshaw, and Billy Higgins. The album became his biggest commercial success fueled by the irrepressible title track.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 21, 1963