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Speak No Evil (Rudy Van Gelder Edition)

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A stack of prime cuts from Wayne Shorter in the midst of his landmark run of ’60s albums, Speak No Evil announces the saxophonist’s arrival as one of jazz’s greatest composers, with standards like the incredible title track, the jumping “Witch Hunt,” and the surging “Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum” rounding out the set. But pay special attention to his exceptional bandmates—Herbie Hancock on piano, bassist Ron Carter, drummer Elvin Jones, and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard—who do some of their finest work here as well.

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Speak the Truth

Classic post bop recording for the ages. try and find any better!


Born: August 25, 1933 in Newark, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Though some will argue about whether Wayne Shorter's primary impact on jazz has been as a composer or as a saxophonist, hardly anyone will dispute his overall importance as one of jazz's leading figures over a long span of time. Though indebted to a great extent to John Coltrane, with whom he practiced in the mid-'50s while still an undergraduate, Shorter eventually developed his own more succinct manner on tenor sax, retaining the tough tone quality and intensity and, in later years, adding an element...
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