WAYNE SHORTER — Night Dreamer

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Album · 1964

Filed under Hard Bop
By WAYNE SHORTER

Tracklist

A1 Night Dreamer 7:15
A2 Oriental Folk Song 6:59
A3 Virgo 7:05
B1 Black Nile 6:25
B2 Charcoal Blues 6:50
B3 Armageddon 6:20

CD reissue track list:
1. Night Dreamer (7:18)
2. Oriental Folk Song (6:54)
3. Virgo (7:09)
4. Virgo (alternate take) (7:03)
5. Black Nile (6:29)
6. Charcoal Blues (6:54)
7. Armageddon (6:21)

Total Time: 48:12

Line-up/Musicians

Wayne Shorter (Tenor Saxophone)
Lee Morgan (Trumpet)
McCoy Tyner (Piano)
Reggie Workman (Double Bass)
Elvin Jones (Drums)

About this release

Blue Note BLP 4173(US)

Recorded at the Van Gelder Studios in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on April 29, 1964

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“Night Dreamer” is an album that finds Wayne Shorter in a state of transition as he was still rooted in the hard bop style that started his career, but also starting to lean toward the more abstract style that will serve for the greater part of his remaining career. It’s a talented, and somewhat unusual ensemble that Shorter has assembled here. McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones, at that time, were mostly known for their famous work with Coltrane, but in 1964, when this album was recorded, Tyner and Jones were on the verge of splitting from Coltrane’s increasingly experimental approach to jazz. Also on hand is trumpeter Lee Morgan, who would go on to be the ‘go to’ trumpeter for many Blue Note soul jazz and bluesy hard bop recordings. The powerhouse grooving bass of Reggie Workman rounds out this rather eclectic, but very energetic and creative crew.

This is very much a Wayne Shorter date, he supplies all the compositions, except for one, and takes the lion share of the solo space as well. If you are not familiar with this phase of Wayne’s career, then you are in for a treat. The young Shorter was much more exuberant and playful as he proclaimed his bluesy melodic lines laced with unexpected, and sometimes odd asides. Shorter’s early sound had a big Coltrane influence, but Wayne’s playing was a little less busy and based more in the blues. There are also occasional flurries of notes that mirror the ‘free‘ players, and off-the -wall humorous phrases that may remind some of Dolphy. Some of you may come away from this recording preferring the style of the young Wayne Shorter, there is a lot to like here.

Wayne’s back up band on “Night Dreamer” is an excellent bunch, particularly McCoy Tyner, who sounds more happy and playful than when he is working with the always earnest John Coltrane. Another big plus is the recorded sound, there is a reason why people like these old Blue Note recordings, and that reason is the recording work of Rudy van Gelder. All of the tracks on here are top notch, but possibly the best track honor goes to the one ballad, The beautiful “Virgo”. Shorter is one of the most gifted melodic writers ever in the world of jazz, and his way with interesting harmonies also sets him apart. All of that is on display on “Virgo”, a tune that will become one of his better known.

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