Thursday, March 05, 2009

Wayne Shorter - Juju

What a way to start the work week...On Monday, August 3, 1964 at Rudy Van Gelder's Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Wayne Shorter led 3/4 of John Coltrane's quartet through at least 29 takes on various of his own original compositions...Reggie Workman on bass, Elvin Jones on drums and McCoy Tyner on piano were a mixed blessing: on the one had they displayed all of the virtuosity and sensitivity expected of musicians in a Coltrane group, on the other they opened Shorter, at the time, to extended criticism as a "Trane lite"...From All Music:
"...The truth is, though, that Elvin Jones, Reggie Workman, and McCoy Tyner were the perfect musicians to back Shorter. Jones' playing at the time was almost otherworldly. He seemed to channel the music through him when improvising and emit the perfect structure to hold it together. Workman too seemed to almost instinctively understand how to embellish Shorter's compositions. McCoy Tyner's role as one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time was played here as well, and his light touch and beautiful, joyful improvisations would make him a much better match for Shorter than Herbie Hancock would later prove to be..."
Being the McCoy freak I am, "Mahjong" is my favorite track. The interplay between McCoy and Shorter is gorgeously hypnotic. I could listen all day...

This is the Rudy Van Gelder edition with two bonus tracks...

Wayne Shorter - Juju