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A "Cool" Jazz Masterpiece - In the dictionary under Groove.,
This review is from: The Sidewinder (Audio CD)
This album is an absolute must for any Jazz enthusiast, showcasing Lee Morgan at his powerful best. Undoubtedly one of the finest trumpeters in the history of Jazz, Morgan seems barely to break a sweat during the title track, and yet exploits the groove with precision and energy. The musical interplay between Morgan and Joe Henderson on Tenor Sax is superb and seldom matched in any session. Bob Cranshaws' irresistable basslines, and Billy Higgins' powerful backbeat create a momentum that will have your feet tapping helplessly from the first few bars.
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"