Wayne Shorter: Angola




Wayne Shorter (tenor sax)


The Soothsayer (Blue Note)

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

Composed by Wayne Shorter


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 5th, 1965


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

Coming from one of Shorter's numerous releases for Blue Note Records during the 1960s, the song "Angola" is one of those tunes that many people have heard but probably don't know the name of when they hear it. The Soothsayer is a great album in terms of the melodies. They are rich in substance and are also extremely catchy. "Angola" is no exception. The song opens up with McCoy Tyner playing an augmented chord. It actually sounds quite similar to "Ju-Ju" but overall "Angola" is much more swinging given the mild nature of the chord changes. I have always been a huge fan of the Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner connection on Shorter's albums. They added a strong pocket to his songs and make for a very good listen.

Score another one for Wayne on "Angola," as he manages to create yet another wonderful sonic masterpiece for the best jazz musicians in history to play over. A++

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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