Wayne Shorter: El Gaucho
Wayne Shorter (tenor sax)
Adam's Apple (Blue Note)
Composed by Wayne Shorter.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 24th, 1966
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
On one of his many hard bop classics from the 1960s, Wayne Shorter teams up with frequent collaborator Herbie Hancock along with bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Joe Chambers. This is a nice little Latin number with some fun changes. Melodically, Shorter sticks with the pentatonic approach that is found in many of his compositions from this time and this tune is yet another pentatonic example. The rhythm section meshes well on this song, but as usual Herbie's performance is the most commanding, with impeccable piano comping and a great solo.
It's the opinion of this writer that Shorter is the one true genius of his generation, forging ahead of the pack during the 1960s. His solo albums, work with Miles Davis and future work with Weather Report all solidify this position.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley