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Album Review

One of only two sessions led by flügelhornist Alan Shorter (Wayne's older brother), this set (which was reissued as a 1998 CD) is a near-classic. Shorter and his quartet (with tenor saxophonist Gato Barbieri, either Charlie Haden or Reggie Johnson on bass, and Muhammad Ali or Rashied Ali on drums) perform six of the leader's complex originals. Barbieri lets out some strong screams in places but sounds more restrained and coherent than on his other avant-garde recordings of the period. The rhythm sections are stimulating and alert, while Shorter, although not a virtuoso, comes up with consistently inventive ideas. The style is sometimes slightly reminiscent of Ornette Coleman (partly due to the presence of Haden), but Shorter had apparently not heard Ornette's band before recording this music. Well worth several listens.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s

Wayne Shorter's trumpet playing older brother had neither the talent nor the success of his legendary sibling. Alan Shorter was a somewhat limited trumpeter player whose work could nevertheless be affecting. More than Wayne, Alan traveled in free jazz circles. He played on Archie Shepp's classic Four for Trane (Impulse! , 1965), as well as Wayne's The All Seeing Eye (Blue Note, 1965), and a few lesser-known sessions in the '60s before fading from view. Both...
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Orgasm, Alan Shorter
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  • $6.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Avant-Garde Jazz
  • Released: Jan 01, 1968

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