All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 (or more) and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

345

Wayne Shorter: Introducing Wayne Shorter

C. Michael Bailey By
Published:
Sign in to view read count
Wayne Shorter: Introducing Wayne Shorter

The Beginning of something beautiful.

Koch Jazz is beginning to release a good bit of the old Vee Jay catalog. Preceding this release was Bill Henderson's His Complete Vee Jay Recordings (Koch Jazz). Now it appears that Koch Jazz is to compete with the recent Mosaic box highlighting Wayne Shorter ( The Complete Vee Jay Lee Morgan - Wayne Shorter Sessions Mosaic 202). What is good about this is the Mosaic Box will not be around forever. It would be nice if the label releases Shorter's other Vee Jay releases ( Wayning Moments has already been released). Introducing Wayne Shorter, also released as Blues A La Carte, was Shorter's first release as a leader and shows off the saxophonist's considerable talent shortly before he joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.

The disc contains five fine Shorter originals and a swinging version of "Mack the Knife." There are several alternate takes provided on this recording. Shorter is joined by perhaps the finest rhythm section that did not include Philly Joe Jones and Red Garland. Included are Wynton Kelly and Jimmy Cobb, joined by Paul Chambers. Sharing the front with Shorter is Lee Morgan, a Hard Bop standard bearer fitting to kick off this great career. This is rarified music that is immediately enjoyable. It illuminates the sheer talent and genius of Wayne Shorter, even so early in his playing career. He is definitely a tenor for our time.


Track Listing: Blues A La Carte; Harry's Last Stand; Down In The Depths; Pug Nose; Black Diamond; Mack The Knife; Blues A La Carte (Alt); Harry's Last Stand (Alt); Down In The Depths (Alt); Black Diamond (Alt) (Total Time: 53:44).

Personnel: Wayne Shorter: Tenor Saxophone; Lee Morgan: Trumpet; Wynton Kelly: Piano; Paul Chambers: Bass; Jimmy Cobb: Drums.

Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: KOCH International Jazz


Shop For Jazz

CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
Best of / Year End
Interviews
Live Reviews
District Jazz
Read more articles
The Blue Note Albums
The Blue Note Albums
Blue Note Records
2015
buy
[no cover]
Odyssey Of Iska
Spirit One Records
2014
buy
[no cover]
Multiple Set Of 3...
Spirit One Records
2013
buy
Wayne Shorter Quartet: Without a Net
Wayne Shorter...
Blue Note Records
2013
buy
[no cover]
North Sea Jazz...
Songlines Recordings
2013
buy
Without a Net
Without a Net
Blue Note Records
2013
buy

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.