Wayne Shorter: Go




Wayne Shorter (tenor sax)


Schizophrenia (Blue Note)

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Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Curtis Fuller (trombone), James Spaulding (alto sax, flute), Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Joe Chambers (drums).

Composed by Wayne Shorter


Recorded: March 10th, 1967


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

"Go" is another song off of Wayne Shorter's Schizophrenia that contains multiple ensemble movements that help build the character of the piece as each section progresses. Opening with a disjointed sounding melody by the brass section, the song quickly moves into a section where Hancock plays a two measure chord vamp as Shorter states the melody. Although this song has been revisited and explored in great depth by the Wayne Shorter Quartet with Brian Blade, John Patitucci and Danilo Perez, I still enjoy the original more because of the density of the brass section. Both versions are good, but the newest interpretation lacks the energy compared to the original.

On the original there's a feeling that you feel when you listen to the album in its entirety. There's a mood that was captured on that March 10th night in 1967. Overall, "Go" is another good example of the shining, compositional brilliance of Wayne Shorter. A man, when the final history books are written, will probably go down alongside Duke Ellington and others as one of the most prolific, accessible and underrated composers in the history of this thing we call jazz music.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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