WAYNE SHORTER — The Soothsayer

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Album · 1979

Filed under Hard Bop
By WAYNE SHORTER

Tracklist

A1 Lost 7:14
A2 Angola 4:48
A3 The Big Push 8:19
B1 The Soothsayer 9:36
B2 Lady Day 5:31
B3 Valse Triste 7:35

CD reissue track list:
1 Lost 7:14
2 Angola 4:48
3 Angola (alternate take) 6:38
4 The Big Push 8:19
5 The Soothsayer 9:36
6 Lady Day 5:31
7 Valse Triste 7:35

Total Time: 50:24

Line-up/Musicians

Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone);
James Spaulding (alto saxophone);
Freddie Hubbard (trumpet);
McCoy Tyner (piano);
Ron Carter (bass);
Tony Williams (drums)

About this release

Blue Note ‎– LT-988 (US)

Recorded at Van Gelder STudios, New Jersey on March 4, 1965
The material on this album is released here for the first time

Thanks to snobb for the updates

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Sean Trane
Definitely Wayne’s more intriguing string pre-WR albums, outside Nova and Iska IMHO, and no doubt due to the amazing line-up featured, which includes the unusual presence McCoy Tyner (generally not associated with the Miles-Shorter crowd), and the slightly less-surprising Hubbard. Completing the line-up are the ultra-young Tony Williams, the ever-unavoidable Carter and the less-famous Spaulding (a usual Horace & Hubbard suspect) doubling Wayne sax on different ranges. Well despite my original intrigue, the album ultimately proves to be a bit disappointing, because McCoy is not being given enough space on Shorter’s compositions to allow him to make a distinct difference on countless other albums, even if one can hear is awesome southpaw pounding the keys. If the overall soundscapes of Soothsayer are fairly standard, one can’t really classify as an outright bop thing. In some ways, Soothsayer is very much in the line of Juju and Night Dreamer, with the notable exception of the title track, which bears a definite Trayner influence.

All of the other tracks are generally post-bop enough to sound like an early 60’s jazz release, but by no means is the present album any superior than the huge majority of jazz releases of those years.

Wayne (with McCoy) would be one of the few musicians that would cross the Miles-Trane gap (well Shorter did play also with Elvin, before he would with McCoy) and he would return the favour by playing on a few Tyner albums around the turn of the decade. Good stuff but nothing transcendental, except for the modal title track.

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