Wayne Shorter: Forbidden, Plan-iT!


Forbidden, Plan-iT!


Wayne Shorter (tenor & soprano saxes, vocals)


Phantom Navigator (Columbia CK 40373)

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Wayne Shorter (tenor & soprano saxes, vocals),

Jim Beard, Stu Goldberg (synthesizers), John Patitucci (bass), Scott Roberts, Bill Summers (drum programming, percussion)


Composed by Wayne Shorter


Recorded: Los Angeles, CA, 1987


Rating: 83/100 (learn more)

A year before I was born, the movie Forbidden Planet came out. I probably first saw it on television when I was 10 years old or so. I remember that because it starred Walter Pidgeon. I had no idea there were stars named Walter when I was a kid. I don't think I knew about Walter Brennan yet, and since I hated to be called "Wally," I ignored Wally Cox. I also remember the movie because of Anne Francis's revealing outfits. Even at 10 years old I wanted to sign up for NASA to see space women dressed like that! The special effects and unique electronica soundtrack set science fiction standards that are still in place today. Forbidden Planet was one of the best sci-fi movies ever made. And Wayne Shorter is one of the best musicians ever made.

I have no idea why Shorter styled his song's title "Forbidden, Plan-iT!" in such a strange way, though there are some (and I mean this in a good way) who might suggest that Wayne himself may just be a visitor to our planet. I would describe this performance as sounding like Weather Report on helium. It is serious material presented in a light way. It is an ensemble effort with no real solos. The music maintains your interest even if you are not particularly moved by it. It is also good to listen to keyboardists Jim Beard and Stu Goldberg perform on the same cut. The double keyboard action makes the piece sound really full. The recording is marred by the dated drum programming that was then de rigueur. But still, it is Wayne Shorter and you should listen.

I always get a kick out of those old science fiction movies. Despite some visionary concepts, they still got so many things wrong. It is not the movie makers' fault. Some things are just unfathomable. But is there anything funnier than seeing deep space travelers reading meters with needles, talking into wired microphones or turning a doorknob to open a door into another cabin on a spacecraft?

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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