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Wayne Shorter speaks no evil this Sunday morning

August 7, 2011


Shorter was a major forker.  You’ll find traces of Monk, Gillespie and Davis but also paths toward Dolphy, Kirk and later Davis.  1961 and Shorter was laying out a new version of the menu.  As Shorter reveals on the original liner notes: “I was thinking of misty landscapes with wild flowers and strange, dimly-seen shapes – the kind of places where folklore and legend are born.  And I was thinking of things like witchburnings too…”

From Seth and the folks at SoundstageDirect: “Just thirty-one at the time of this 1964 classic, Wayne Shorter had just recorded Night Dreamer and Ju-Ju for Blue Note within the past year and was at one of his major peaks of creativity. The music on Speak No Evil, which includes such future Shorter standards as Fe-Fi-Fo-Fum and Infant Eyes, is often beyond description for it combines the best elements of hard bop, post bop, free jazz and modal music plus Shorter’s own individual approach.”


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