Art Blakey (featuring Wayne Shorter): Children of the Night
Children Of The Night
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Mosaic (Blue Note 37769)
Composed by Wayne Shorter.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ. October 2, 1961
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
Wayne Shorter’s first big career break came when he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1959. He quickly became the group’s musical director, composing and arranging many of the band’s most popular titles from the era. "Children Of The Night" features Shorter’s tenor from the outset with Hubbard and Fuller contributing harmonic accompaniment. At the time, Shorter was often compared to John Coltrane, and he does seem to take a cue from Trane at the beginning of his solo, navigating the changes with dense sheets of sound. That said, Shorter’s sound and conception are fully matured and his wry, often stuttering lines reveal his own original voice.
Reviewer: Matt Miller