Wayne Shorter: Wild Flower


Wild Flower


Wayne Shorter (tenor sax)


Speak No Evil (Blue Note RVG Edition)

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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: New Jersey, December 24, 1964


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

On this 6/4 masterpiece, Elvin Jones provides this stellar cast with a hard, swinging drumbeat. Also, this song represents Shorter at arguably the most creative stage in his career as he is joined by his former Jazz Messengers partner Freddie Hubbard. Combined with his Miles Davis mates in Hancock and Carter, this group should have recorded more, as they represent the strongest unit heard on record from this period, even eclipsing the groups of Coltrane, Davis, and Blakey. Hancock finishes the song off with his trademark use of chromatic lines mixed with diminished undertones, creating a hypnotic feeling before they break back into the head. A must for everyone who likes any of these musicians.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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  • 1 scott // Feb 02, 2009 at 11:41 AM
    Great tune from a great line up! I use it as the ringtone on my cell phone.