Tom Cat (album)

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Tom Cat
Tom Cat cover.jpg
2006 Edition
Studio album by Lee Morgan
Released 1981
Recorded August 11, 1964
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 41:24
Label Blue Note
LT 1058
Producer Alfred Lion
Lee Morgan chronology
Search for the New Land
Tom Cat
The Rumproller
Alternative cover
1990 U.S. Blue Note CD Edition
Alternative cover
2008 RVG Edition
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[2]

Tom Cat is an album by Lee Morgan recorded in 1964, though not released until 1981. It was originally released as LT 1058, and issued with several other catalogue numbers ever since. While somewhat forgotten compared to such acclaimed favourites from Morgan's catalogue as The Sidewinder and Cornbread, it is notable for featuring a veritable who's who of Blue Note recording artists such as Art Blakey, Jackie McLean and Curtis Fuller. After The Sidewinder's huge commercial success, Tom Cat and Search for the New Land from earlier in 1964 were both temporarily shelved. Instead, Alfred Lion, Blue Note's producer, encouraged Morgan to record a new funky theme, (now dubbed, "the Sidewinder lineage") and put him back in Rudy Van Gelder's studio to cut The Rumproller. Search for the New Land was fortunately released in 1966, however Tom Cat did not see the light of day until 1981.

Track listing[edit]

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



  1. ^ Tom Cat (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 147. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 


  1. ^ Tom Cat 2006 RVG Edition liner notes and cover