Wayne Shorter: Children of the Night


Children Of The Night


Wayne Shorter (tenor sax, soprano sax)


High Life (Verve 314 529 224)

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Wayne Shorter (tenor sax, soprano sax), Terri Lyne Carrington (drums), Airto Moreira (percussion), Lenny Castro (percussion),

Rachel Z (piano, synthesizers), David Gilmore (guitar), Will Calhoun (percussion), Munyungo Jackson (percussion), Kevin Ricard (percussion)


Composed by Wayne Shorter


Recorded: Hollywood CA 1995


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

"Children Of The Night" appeared frequently on set lists for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers during Wayne Shorter’s tenure as artistic director in the early to mid-1960s, albeit in a form that bears little resemblance to this 1995 reworking. The album, Shorter’s first for Verve Records, is a heavily engineered session that is a milestone in his transition from almost entirely synthesized efforts in the 1980s to his subsequent work with an acoustic quartet. Bearing the mark of producer Marcus Miller in its backbeat and electric bass- heavy arrangement, the piece is extraordinary in its abstraction on the original melody, carefully crafted orchestral accompaniments and Shorter’s dubbed horn lines and emotional solo statements.

Reviewer: Matt Miller

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