Wayne Shorter: The Big Push


The Big Push


Wayne Shorter (tenor sax, soprano sax)


The Soothsayer (Blue Note 14373)

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Wayne Shorter (tenor sax, soprano sax), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), James Spaulding (alto sax, flute), McCoy Tyner (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Tony Williams (drums).

Composed by Wayne Shorter


Recorded: Hackensack, New Jersey, March 4, 1965


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

"The Big Push" was recorded after Wayne Shorter’s classic album Speak No Evil and then shoved into obscurity until the late 70’s. Such decisions are puzzling given the quality of the content, though, as the track clearly displays Shorter's penchant for combining both beautiful and brooding sounds into a singular form. He executes a brilliantly constructed solo, and as usual, Freddie Hubbard burns through his-even though the Tony Williams-led rhythm section seems unusually tame.

Reviewer: Dane Orr

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