Monday, 7 September 2009

Wayne Shorter ''Adam's Apple''

Wayne Shorter

''Adam's Apple''
( LP Blue Note Records, 1966)
Catalog # BLP 4232

1. Adam's Apple (6:47)
2. 502 Blues (Drinkin' And Drivin') (6:32)
3. El Gaucho (6:28)
4. Footprints (7:27)
5. Teru (6:10)
6. Chief Crazy Horse (7:32)
7. Collector, The - (bonus track) (6:54)

Wayne Shorter: tenor saxophone
Herbie Hancock: piano
Reggie Workman: bass
Joe Chambers: drums

Recorded: At Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, February 3 & 24, 1966
Producer: Alfred Lion
Engineer: Rudy Van Gelder
** Also issued on Blue Note BST 84232, CDP 7 46403-2

For ''Adam's Apple'' Wayne Shorter returned to the simple quartet format for the last time in his solo career. This date from 1966 shows the saxophonist firmly between his modal style of the early '60s and his more experimental avant-garde period that was to come with albums like SCHIZOPHRENIA and SUPER NOVA. The effect of Shorter's membership in Miles Davis' legendary group is evident, as his improvisations here are more adventurous and his rhythmic drive more pointed and angular than previous efforts. Above all, this session gives us one last look at Shorter at his most unveiled.
The soulful opening title track is a direct precursor to the jazz-rock style that would dominate the jazz world in the late '60s and '70s. A more traditional feel is incorporated for the dark "502 Blues (Drinkin' and Drivin')," a beautiful showcase for Shorter's sensitive side. The bossa nova "El Gaucho" is a highlight and one the saxophonist's most overlooked compositions. Of special note, the classic "Footprints" is presented here for the first time, several months before it was recorded by the Davis group. The delicate ballad "Teru," the bouncing "Chief Crazy Horse" and the bonus swinger "The Collector" complete this must-have session.

By Pier

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