Wayne Shorter: Black Orpheus (Take 4)


Black Orpheus, take 4


Wayne Shorter (tenor sax)


Wayning Moments (Vee-Jay 3029)

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Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Jymie Merritt (bass),

Eddie Higgins (piano), Marshall Thompson (drums)


Composed by Luiz Bonfá


Recorded: Chicago, Illinois; 1962


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

This early Freddie Hubbard solo really impacted me. What was interesting about it (and about the whole album for that matter) was that the record company must have ‘prompted’ Wayne Shorter to keep the tracks short (they average around 4:00 each), but every solo is a compact gem. In particular, Freddie’s fluidity and time grab you, yet he’s relaxed and you can tell he’s holding way back because he knows he has only one chorus. Still, the way he built that chorus really impressed me—as did everyone with their short solos on this record. Classic, understated, concise, but meaty solos from everyone involved; a real lesson in brevity. Elsewhere on the album, there are great early Wayne Shorter tunes and arrangements. Take your pick! And check out Freddie on "Powder Keg." Ouch! Burning.

Reviewer: Randy Brecker

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