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|1. The Sidewinder (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (1999 - Remaster)|
|2. Totem Pole (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (1999 Digital Remaster)|
|3. Gary's Notebook (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (1999 Digital Remaster)|
|4. Boy, What A Night (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (1999 Digital Remaster)|
|5. Hocus-Pocus (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (1999 Digital Remaster)|
|6. Totem Pole (Alternate Take) (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (1999 Digital Remaster)|
And the rest?... high quality early 60's jazz: as good as anything around at the time but overwhelmed by the sheer power of the album's opening track.
After the sublime cool of "The Sidewinder", things get better and better, with every track arguably a masterpiece of the genre. Totem Pole is a superbly constructed piece, proving that Morgan is also a Jazz composer of a high order. "Gary's Notebook" and "Boy, What a Night!" are both upbeat numbers, with more challenging lines, and feature superb solos from Morgan and Henderson. Running through them all is the superb rhythm section, which never fails to groove, and at times takes centre stage - listen to Barry Harris' great piano work on "Totem Pole", and Billy Higgins' relentless beat on "Hocus Pocus".
If you are a Jazz fan and you do not own this album buy it now! If you are not a Jazz fan you will have heard the title track used as mood music on TV or radio - please buy it and listen without any distractions - it will reward your full attention! Be warned though - this album should be labelled with a health warning - "Extremely addictive - may cause excessive listening to Jazz"
It's harsh at times with an "in your face" feel, yet mellow at others. Read more