Wayne Shorter: Mahjong




Wayne Shorter (tenor sax)


Juju (Blue Note)

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Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), McCoy Tyner (piano), Reggie Workman (bass), Elvin Jones (drums).

Composed by Wayne Shorter


Recorded: August 3, 1964


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

This song begins with a simple but Latin-influenced beat by Elvin Jones, the perfect drummer for the 28-bar tune. Overall, Juju encapsulates the belief for many that Wayne Shorter is the greatest jazz composer to walk the earth. I can't say I disagree. I find it interesting how solid Reggie Workman sounds, despite never seeming to get the credit from listeners he deserves. His pocket basslines and walking anchor this song. The beauty of this melody is what Shorter was best at. His ability to compose simple pentatonic melodies while using different ideas beneath them separates him from all other composers.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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