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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wayne Shorter - Juju
Shorter put out a string of great albums on Blue Note through the 60's, before he went all fusiony and founded Weather Report in the 70's. This album was released in 1964, around the time he joined Miles Davis' amazing quintet, though before his playing evolved into what it would be like in that group later on. Here, Shorter is very much under the spell of Coltrane (as nearly all saxophonists were at that stage), but the one thing that shines through no matter what period of his career you pick, is his compositions. While they were still basically following the general bop guidelines of the day, his harmonic and melodic material is far more intricate in its relationship to each other. What results is you humming along to things in your car you never thought you would.
Also featuring two parts of Coltrane's quartet in McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones, and the ever-reliable Reggie Workman on bass, you know you are in for something special.