Wayne Shorter: Yes or No

Track

Yes or No

Artist

Wayne Shorter (tenor sax)

CD

Juju (Blue Note)

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Musicians:

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

Composed by Wayne Shorter

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Recorded: August 3, 1964

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Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

On this classic recording, Wayne Shorter displays his absolute brilliance. This composition epitomizes the mid-'60s post-bop Blue Note sound. Beyond that, this group was one of the best ever recorded, stronger even than some of Coltrane's work. Coltrane had an obvious influence on Shorter, but Trane's composing skills suffer, as do all other jazz musicians, compared to Wayne Shorter. McCoy Tyner lays down textbook comping here as well. I have listened to this track for most of my jazz life, and I think it stands as one of the best songs ever written. The magic captured on this August day in 1964 at RVG's house is among the premier recorded moments in jazz history.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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