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Wayne Shorter (born August 25, 1933) is an American jazz composer and saxophonist. Shorter has recorded dozens of albums as a leader, and appeared on dozens more with others. Many of his compositions have become standards.

Shorter was born in Newark, New Jersey, and attended Newark Arts High School. He was encouraged by his father to take up the saxophone as a teenager (his brother Alan became a trumpeter). After graduating from New York University in 1956 Shorter spent two years in the US Army, during which time he played briefly with Horace Silver, and after his discharge from the army with Maynard Ferguson.

In 1959 Shorter joined Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers. He stayed with Blakey for five years, and eventually became musical director for the group. In 1964, Miles Davis persuaded Shorter to leave Blakey and join the Miles Davis Quintet alongside Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and
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WAYNE SHORTER Introducing Wayne Shorter (aka Blues à la Carte aka Shorter Moments) album cover 3.72 | 7 ratings
Introducing Wayne Shorter (aka Blues à la Carte aka Shorter Moments)
Hard Bop 1959
WAYNE SHORTER Wayning Moments album cover 3.90 | 5 ratings
Wayning Moments
Hard Bop 1962
WAYNE SHORTER Night Dreamer album cover 4.44 | 14 ratings
Night Dreamer
Hard Bop 1964
WAYNE SHORTER Juju album cover 4.10 | 16 ratings
Hard Bop 1964
WAYNE SHORTER The All Seeing Eye album cover 4.28 | 9 ratings
The All Seeing Eye
Avant-Garde Jazz 1965
WAYNE SHORTER Speak No Evil album cover 4.24 | 21 ratings
Speak No Evil
Post Bop 1966
WAYNE SHORTER Adam's Apple album cover 4.30 | 16 ratings
Adam's Apple
Hard Bop 1966
WAYNE SHORTER Schizophrenia album cover 3.68 | 11 ratings
Post Bop 1969
WAYNE SHORTER Super Nova album cover 3.61 | 10 ratings
Super Nova
Avant-Garde Jazz 1969
WAYNE SHORTER Odyssey of Iska album cover 4.11 | 10 ratings
Odyssey of Iska
Fusion 1971
WAYNE SHORTER Moto Grosso Feio album cover 3.83 | 6 ratings
Moto Grosso Feio
Fusion 1974
WAYNE SHORTER Second Genesis album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Second Genesis
Hard Bop 1974
WAYNE SHORTER Native Dancer album cover 2.82 | 8 ratings
Native Dancer
World Fusion 1975
WAYNE SHORTER The Soothsayer album cover 3.59 | 8 ratings
The Soothsayer
Hard Bop 1979
WAYNE SHORTER The Collector (aka Etcetera) album cover 4.43 | 7 ratings
The Collector (aka Etcetera)
Post Bop 1979
WAYNE SHORTER Atlantis album cover 3.88 | 4 ratings
World Fusion 1985
WAYNE SHORTER Phantom Navigator album cover 3.50 | 5 ratings
Phantom Navigator
Fusion 1987
WAYNE SHORTER Joy Ryder album cover 3.12 | 4 ratings
Joy Ryder
Fusion 1988
WAYNE SHORTER High Life album cover 2.50 | 3 ratings
High Life
Post Bop 1995
WAYNE SHORTER Alegria album cover 3.92 | 6 ratings
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2003


WAYNE SHORTER live albums

WAYNE SHORTER Tribute to John Coltrane: Live Under the Red Sky album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Tribute to John Coltrane: Live Under the Red Sky
Post Bop 1987
WAYNE SHORTER Footprints Live! album cover 4.12 | 4 ratings
Footprints Live!
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2002
WAYNE SHORTER Beyound the Sound Barrier album cover 3.83 | 6 ratings
Beyound the Sound Barrier
Hard Bop 2005
WAYNE SHORTER Without a Net album cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
Without a Net
Post Bop 2013
WAYNE SHORTER North Sea Jazz Legendary Concerts album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
North Sea Jazz Legendary Concerts
Post Bop 2013
WAYNE SHORTER Emanon album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Third Stream 2018

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WAYNE SHORTER Wayne Shorter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wayne Shorter
Hard Bop 1973
WAYNE SHORTER New Soil album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Soil
Hard Bop 1977
WAYNE SHORTER The Best of Wayne Shorter: The Blue Note Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Wayne Shorter: The Blue Note Years
Hard Bop 1988
WAYNE SHORTER This Is Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
This Is Jazz
Hard Bop 1996
WAYNE SHORTER Jazz Profile album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Profile
Hard Bop 1997
WAYNE SHORTER All or Nothing at All album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
All or Nothing at All
Hard Bop 2002
WAYNE SHORTER The Classic Blue Note Recordings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Classic Blue Note Recordings
Hard Bop 2002
WAYNE SHORTER Footprints: The Life and Music of Wayne Shorter album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Footprints: The Life and Music of Wayne Shorter
Hard Bop 2004
WAYNE SHORTER First Class Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
First Class Jazz
Hard Bop 2006
WAYNE SHORTER Great Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Great Sessions
Post Bop 2006
WAYNE SHORTER Best Of 3 CD album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Best Of 3 CD
Hard Bop 2009
WAYNE SHORTER Introducing Wayne Shorter Quintet With Wynton Kelly & Lee Morgan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Introducing Wayne Shorter Quintet With Wynton Kelly & Lee Morgan
Hard Bop 2011
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4 Albums
Hard Bop 2011
WAYNE SHORTER The Composer album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Composer
Hard Bop 2011
WAYNE SHORTER The Complete Columbia Albums Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Columbia Albums Collection
Fusion 2011
WAYNE SHORTER The Blue Note Albums album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Blue Note Albums
Hard Bop 2015
WAYNE SHORTER 5 Original Albums album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
5 Original Albums
Hard Bop 2016
WAYNE SHORTER Miles Davis Tribute Album album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Miles Davis Tribute Album
Post Bop 2019

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The Language of the Unknown
Post Bop 2014


WAYNE SHORTER The Collector (aka Etcetera)

Album · 1979 · Post Bop
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So what's the best Wayne Shorter album? While many would opt for Night Dreamer, The All-Seeing Eye, or Adam's Apple, let it be said here that in spite of its complicated release history, Et Cetera is his crowning achievement as a leader in the studio. Recorded on June 14, 1965, four of the five tracks (all except "Toy Tune") were released with "The Collector" (an outtake from Adam's Apple) in Japan only. The full album was finally given a wide release as part of Blue Note's "LT" series in 1980.

As of this writing (2019), all four performers are still with us today: Wayne on tenor sax, Herbie Hancock on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums. The low-key opener, "Etcetera" (6:20) is an ever-opening flower, both hypnotizing and unforgettable as it gradually unfolds. I have no idea if this was ever performed live, but it would have made a phenomenal solo trade-off number on stage. One of Shorter's most beautiful ballads, "Penelope" (6:44), comes next, with Wayne's tone and Herbie's solo being especially poignant. The light and breezy "Toy Tune" (7:22) is followed by Gil Evans's "Barracudas" (11:04). This intense workout gives the group a chance to stretch out, with both Wayne and Herbie having their most awe-inspiring moments on the album. Cecil McBee's bizarre bassline and substantial solo dominate the closing "Indian Song" (11:35). Everyone is at the top of their game throughout, and fans of all four players are urged to seek this one out.

It remains an unfathomable mystery why it took 15 years for this album to be released in USA/Europe. I will even go so far as to say that this is the best release in the famous (or is it infamous?) "LT" series, beating out Larry Young's Mother Ship and Grant Green's Nigeria by a close margin. Don't let Et Cetera's original cover dissuade you: yes, it's a wall of TV's. Huh?


Album · 1964 · Hard Bop
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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.


Album · 1966 · Post Bop
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Although Wayne Shorter had been involved in some great music since the beginning of his career, with his 1965 release, “Speak No Evil”, he really began to show his remarkable gifts as a composer. About half of this album is made up of the sort of inovative hard bop that Wayne was already known for, while the rest of the album reveals an inventive composer who writes long winding melodies, that defy typical patterns, backed by lush harmonic changes that merge modern jazz with the advanced harmonies of modern concert hall composers. Shorter’s compositional ideas have been some of the most influential in modern jazz, yet very few can duplicate the high originality of his work.

In many ways, “Speak No Evil” can be seen as a warm up to the post bop masterpieces, such as “Nefertiti” and “Sorcerer”, that Wayne will create over the next few years with Miles Davis. With Herbie Hancock and Ron Carter on board for “Speak”, most of Miles’ future band is already here working out the ideas that they will bring to Miles’ second great quintet. Certainly Shorter’s more experimental compositions bring out some very creative playing from Herbie Hancock as well. To fans of Miles’ second quintet, its interesting to hear his future side men present the musical seeds that they will bring to maturity later with Miles.

Its also interesting to hear Shorter’s tenor playing back in these early days of his career. Overall his playing on “Speak”, as well as most of his earlier albums, is stronger, busier and a bit bluesier than the more sparse and abstract style he would develop later in his career. On the hard bop tunes he has a big full sound reminiscent of Coltrane, but also with a few wacky melodic leaps that show Shorter had been appreciating. Erik Dolphy as well. Possibly the best cuts though are the more introspective “Dance Cadaverous” and “Infant Eyes”, where Herbie and Wayne have the time and room to really stretch things out.


Album · 1964 · Hard Bop
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An early Shorter solo album, and I believe the second one (of a long series) on the Blue Note label, Juju is also one of my fave, not least because of the outstanding contribution of Tyner and his usual-suspect Trane accomplice Elvin on the drums and Workman on bass. Ok, don’t think I’m jumping on my Trane train yet, because Shorter is the star, and his compositions are one of the best he’s ever done, and his stellar playing shines throughout the album’s six tracks, but inevitably the Trane shadow is lurking all over Juju.

What a pleasure it is to hear the Coltrane crew without Trane in the opening title, even if it’s almost impossible not to think of the master himself, mainly because of the instantly recognizable Tyner piano and a slight raga feel. Deluge is quieter pedestrian tempo that doesn’t match its predecessor in terms of adventure. The even slower House of Jade is somehow a bit of a bore, despite an excellent but slightly predictable end. On the flipside’s Mahjong, Elvin opens alone, but is soon joined by Tyner’s tense piano line and Shorter’s wailing sax to give the whole thing a slightly exotic-raga touch and turns out to be the album’s best moment. The following up-beat Yes Or No present a slight bop feel, but voids falling in the usual trap. The bluesy-bop closer 12 More Bars is not exactly a foot-stomper, but fits correctly the album’s overall tone.

The remaster reissue feature alternate takes (both shorter ;o))) of the title track and the Jade track, but it’s not like they are a major selling point. Compared with many of his subsequent releases such as Speak No Evil or Schizophrenia, this is a far more adventurous album, even if Wayne will work again with Tyner in Soothsayer, but not to the same affect. As for Juju, it’s a little sad that the tracks following the lead-of song on each side of the album don’t really pick up where they left off. Good early album, getting my personal nod, probably because of the Trane-gang connection.

WAYNE SHORTER Introducing Wayne Shorter (aka Blues à la Carte aka Shorter Moments)

Album · 1959 · Hard Bop
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Most experts agree that 1959 was one hell of a year in jazz music, with many going as far as to say that it was the finest year that the genre would ever see. With legends like Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, and many others releasing some of the best albums in their careers over this twelve month span, it's difficult to argue with that statement. One of the slightly more forgotten, but still renowned, releases from this year is the debut from saxophone great Wayne Shorter. Introducing Wayne Shorter is the tenor saxophonist's first effort as a band leader, with greats like Lee Morgan (trumpet), Paul Chambers (bass), Wynton Kelly (piano), and Jimmy Cobb (drums) also on board. This tight lineup delivers six tunes of quality hard bop on this LP, and while I don't think it possesses the same level of greatness as other classics from 1959, this is still a highly enjoyable performance from some of the finest in jazz.

The music you'll find on Introducing Wayne Shorter is pretty standard hard bop for the time. Piano, bass, and hard-hitting drums lay a strong foundation for extended soloing, with each band member given plenty of opportunities to show off their technical skills. Jimmy Cobb's tasteful yet powerful drumming is what immediately draws my attention, and even though all eyes are typically on the soloist, his drumming is simply memorizing. That's not to discount the other musicians, though, as every one of them delivers plenty of great solos throughout the duration of the LP. While I wouldn't call the songwriting here particularly excellent, everything is solid from beginning to end - the nearly ten minute "Down In The Depths" is probably my favorite track if I had to pick one.

Though Introducing Wayne Shorter isn't the most original or captivating hard bop album from the late fifties', it's still an impressive debut from one of saxophone's greatest talents. The impressive technical capabilities of the quintet parred by an equally excellent production makes this a recommendable purchase for all fans of hard bop. I'd say 3.5 stars are deserved for this solid effort.

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