Tom Cat (album)

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Tom Cat
Tom Cat cover.jpg
2006 Edition
Studio album by
RecordedAugust 11, 1964
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
LabelBlue Note
LT 1058
ProducerAlfred Lion
Lee Morgan chronology
Search for the New Land
Tom Cat
The Rumproller
Alternative cover
1990 U.S. Blue Note CD Edition
1990 U.S. Blue Note CD Edition
Alternative cover
2008 RVG Edition
2008 RVG Edition
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[2]

Tom Cat is an album by Lee Morgan recorded in 1964, though only issued in 1980. It was originally released as LT 1058. While lesser known in comparison to The Sidewinder and other albums, it features several of Morgan's contemporary Blue Note recording artists such as McCoy Tyner, Art Blakey, and Jackie McLean. After The Sidewinder's huge commercial success, Tom Cat and Search for the New Land from earlier in 1964 were both shelved. Instead, Alfred Lion, Blue Note's producer, encouraged Morgan to record a new funky theme, (now dubbed, "the Sidewinder lineage") and brought him back in the studio to record The Rumproller. Search for the New Land was released in 1966, but Tom Cat remained unreleased until 1980.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Lee Morgan except where noted

  1. "Tom Cat" – 9:50
  2. "Exotique" – 9:34
  3. "Twice Around" – 7:36
  4. "Twilight Mist" (McCoy Tyner) – 6:57
  5. "Riggarmortes" – 7:27



  1. ^ Tom Cat at AllMusic
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 147. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ Tom Cat 2006 RVG Edition liner notes.