Wayne Shorter 1959-1961 - Episode 1In addition to being an oustanding tenor saxophonist with a very original sound and style, he is equally renowned today as one of the most important jazz composers post 1960. Wayne began to compose a series of uniquely constructed compositions beginning in 1959 that would eventually alter the style of hard bop improvisation and transform the sound of the Messengers. The works on podcast #1 are all from 1959.
|Wrinkles||Wayne Shorter/Wynton Kelly||Kelly Great!||1959|
|June Night||Wayne Shorter/Wynton Kelly||Kelly Great!||1959|
|Blues a La Carte||Wayne Shorter||Introducing Wayne Shorter||1959|
|Down in the Depths||Wayne Shorter||Introducing Wayne Shorter||1959|
|Black Diamond||Wayne Shorter||Introducing Wayne Shorter||1959|
Wayne Shorter 1959-1961 - Episode 2Many of the new works that Wayne was composing for the Messengers recordings after 1960 contained sinewy melodies, unexpected harmonies, and often unusual forms. This forced the musicians to change the way they improvised through these new compositions. It was easy for Wayne to play through his own tunes. His style soon began to change and move away from the Coltrane/Rollins influenced approach. The Young Lions session was a great arranging opportunity for Wayne because he had another horn player in the band to fill out his harmonies.
|The Chess Players||Wayne Shorter/Art Blakey||The Big Beat||1960|
|Sakeena's Vision||Wayne Shorter/Art Blakey||The Big Beat||1960|
|Lester Left Town||Wayne Shorter/Art Blakey||The Big Beat||1960|
|The Seeds of Sin||Wayne Shorter||The Young Lions||1960|
Wayne Shorter 1959-1961 - Episode 3The recordings on this podcast show Wayne experimenting with unusual harmonic movement and form. He was moving away from the standard format of jazz composition. A number of these works have no definitive tonal or key center and seem to have a floating quality. These works would later form the basis of the Miles Davis Quintet of the mid 1960’s (that included Shorter and pianist Herbie Hancock) and Shorter’s great Blue Note recordings from the same period. The 1961 albums included trombonist Curtis Fuller and gave Shorter another musical voice to fill out his arrangements.
|Pug Nose||Wayne Shorter||Introducing Wayne Shorter||1960|
|Sincerely Diana||Wayne Shorter||Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers||1960|
|The Albatross||Wayne Shorter||Second Genesis||1960|
|Tenderfoot||Wayne Shorter||Second Genesis||1960|
|El Toro||Wayne Shorter/Art Blakey||Freedom Rider||1961|
|Children of the Night||Wayne Shorter/Art Blakey||Mosaic||1961|