Wayne Shorter: Teru




Wayne Shorter (tenor sax)


Adam’s Apple (Blue Note BST 84232)

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Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Herbie Hancock (piano), Reggie Workman (bass), Joe Chambers (drums).

Composed by Wayne Shorter


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

The one constant in Wayne Shorter’s ever-evolving artistry is a sense of supreme restraint and deliberateness. These qualities are especially striking in his treatment of ballads. On "Teru," Shorter’s tenor rarely ascends above a whisper as he navigates the piece's harmonic twists with patient, snaking lines. The rhythm section follows Shorter in and out of an ambling tempo with Hancock and Workman supplying mostly fills and counterpoints to the leader’s line as Chambers brushes quarter notes on cymbal and snare. Hancock's and Workman’s solos are striking for their brevity, rhythmic freedom and melodic invention, and lead seamlessly into Shorter’s restatement of the melody.

Reviewer: Matt Miller

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