Wayne Shorter: Witch Hunt


Witch Hunt


Wayne Shorter (tenor sax)


Speak No Evil (Blue Note BST 84194)

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Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Elvin Jones (drums).

Composed by Wayne Shorter


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ December 24 1964


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Wayne Shorter’s incisive solo on "Witch Hunt" starts with a shout, or rather a bristling retort to Elvin Jones’ stuttering sendoff. The tenor master is at the top of his game throughout the Speak No Evil session, but nowhere are his skills more apparent and dazzling than on this brooding opener. Building on the latent tension of the melody, Shorter’s solo is a model of restraint and improvisational acumen. His clipped phrases and bluesy sustains draw fervent responses from his bandmates and inspire equally brilliant solos from Hubbard and Hancock.

Reviewer: Matt Miller

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