I’m starting to think that maybe posts like today’s and yesterday’s should be grouped together in one, since they were bought at the same place and have a similar story and a connection that should be maintained. Something to keep in mind the next time I guess, but in the meantime, I found Lee Morgan’s The Sidewinder at the Jazz Record Center, a treasure trove of jazz records, in New York, along with John Coltrane’s Coltrane. I’m pretty sure it was on sale, and while I would have picked it up anyway, I got it for something like $12 new, which is pretty good for sealed vinyl. Not that this is rare or anything, but still…
The thing about The Sidewinder that makes it kind of unusual among other jazz releases is that the title track is kind of a hit. Not that there aren’t other “hits” so to speak in jazz, like Miles Davis’ “So What,” or Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five,” or similar type songs. But “The Sidewinder” is the kind of jazz song you can put on at a party and won’t change the vibe. It’s got a swing to it, it grooves, it shakes, it feels fantastic. It’s the kind of jazz track that friends of mine who don’t even really listen to jazz can get into. That says a lot, because when people don’t like jazz, they tend to really not like jazz.
What that tells me is that Lee Morgan’s The Sidewinder would probably make a great first jazz album. It wasn’t my first, though. I had a bunch of jazz CDs and digital albums well before picking this up on vinyl (and in terms of vinyl purchases, it’s 13th, which in hindsight seems like it took way too long to build up my jazz collection—though you’re never really done building up your jazz collection, right?). But if someone doesn’t really get jazz, play ’em “The Sidewinder.” They’ll get it.
(The rest of the album is great too, naturally.)
Sound Quality: Great