LEE MORGAN — The Sidewinder (review)

LEE MORGAN — The Sidewinder album cover Album · 1964 · Hard Bop Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
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It's 1964, and Lee Morgan's making a name for himself among the jazz community. The general idea of the album is becoming more and more relevant, and Morgan already made a hit among jazz fans with The Cooker. But he's most popular for his 1964 piece, the Sidewinder. This is my first ever venture into Lee Morgan, so I had no expectations.

Lee Morgan's heyday started with The Sidewinder, and he'd release several other classics. However, I'm of the impression that these classics are either better than this, or overrated as well. See, while the ten minute opener is a nice funky beat to get behind, as a jazz piece, I've heard bop tracks that have a stronger presence, a little more complexity and a less "standard" jazz mood, if you know what I mean. All the other tracks on this album are following suite, and variations in tempo and melody don't really feel like enough to justify the fact that this album is mostly just a catchy album following a style and theme that had been done before many times in the late-40's and early-60's. A couple of the tracks get better as the album goes along, but this pretty good jazz album is just that, a low 4-star. I'm really hoping the other classics by Morgan are much better. It's cool the first time around, but it doesn't live up to the hype.
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