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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Wayne Shorter "Speak no Evil" 1964

Wayne Shorter's compositions helped define a new jazz style in the mid-'60s, merging some of the concentrated muscular force of hard bop with surprising intervals and often spacious melodies suspended over the beat. The result was a new kind of "cool," a mixture of restraint and freedom that created a striking contrast between Shorter's airy themes and his taut tenor solos and which invited creative play among the soloists and rhythm section. The band on this 1964 session is a quintessential Blue Note group of the period, combining Shorter's most frequent and effective collaborators. Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Elvin Jones merge their talents to create music that's at once secure and free flowing, sometimes managing to suggest tension and calm at the same time. --Stuart Broomer/

Not much more to say, really. Sometimes it's hard to see Shorter as a composer, or as a sax player for me. Equally groundbreaking in both areas....this is an amazingly good record. It hasn't aged badly at all....I think still that it is one of his best recordings, and also that it is a necessity for any serious collection of jazz.
Whitch Hunt
Dance Cadaverous
Speak no Evil
Infant Eyes
Wild Flower

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