Q - 4/99, p.129
Included in Q's list of "The Best Jazz Albums of All Time."
The Rudy Van Gelder Edition of THE SIDEWINDER includes an essay by Bob Blumenthal.
Personnel: Lee Morgan (trumpet); Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); Barry Harris (piano); Bob Cranshaw (bass); Billy Higgins (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on December 21, 1963. Includes liner notes by Leonard Feather.
This is part of the Blue Note Rudy Van Gelder Editions series.
Simple and direct and somewhat of a runt album in the history of jazz. The solo on Art Blakey's recording of Bobby Timmons' 'Moanin' is by Morgan, as is that on 'A Night In Tunisia'. By the time he came to record this album he had simplified his style, which appealed to the soul/jazz lovers of the 60s. To use the ultimate cliche, this is groovin' music; it rolls, it bops, it makes you feel good and its success is that it is refreshingly uncomplicated.