Wayne Shorter: Armageddon
Wayne Shorter (tenor sax)
Night Dreamer (Blue Note)
Composed by Wayne Shorter.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 29th, 1964
Rating: 99/100 (learn more)
Sometimes I really don't know where to start with Wayne Shorter. His music has touched me for so long now that it's amazing I don't get tired listening to some of the same discs over and over again but I can listen to them forever. That is unless "Armageddon" comes. But this "Armageddon" is much more swinging and happier than the battle that's supposed to signify the official end to our collective existence. This song opens up with one of Shorter's catchiest introductions. The melody is clearly stated but it is also nice and sustained with wonderful unison from Lee Morgan and Wayne. I really like this band and I think they should have recorded more. One thing that separates the Shorter recordings with some of Coletrane's band is the composition. Coltrane would've sounded stronger to me if he had been recording Wayne's tunes, but hey, that's a whole other subject.
For anyone that likes Wayne and wants to inject a little Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner into their jazz diet, this is the track. Coming from his first recording for Blue Note after recording for the Vee-Jay label, Night Dreamer satisfies on every level possible.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley