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Speak No Evil

Wayne ShorterVinyl
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (March 25, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note (Universal)
  • ASIN: B00HG30CVG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,848 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Speak No Evil is recent Grammyr-winner, Wayne Shorter's sixth album. Recorded in 1964 and released on Blue Note in 1965 the album features Shorter on tenor sax with Herbie Hancock on piano, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Ron Carter on bass and Elvin Jones on drums. Speak No Evil combines elements of hard bop and modal jazz on the album's six tracks: "Witch Hunt," "Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum," "Dance Cadaverous," "Speak No Evil," "Infant Eyes" and "Wild Flower". Celebrating 50 years since its recording, Speak No Evil was newly-remastered for vinyl by Alan Yoshida at Dunning-Kruger in Los Angeles as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.

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197 of 199 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Few Albums Can Compare May 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
In the space of only about four years in the mid-1960s, Wayne Shorter put out about 7 albums, any one of which could have revolutionized jazz music. In my view, Speak No Evil is the best of them all (though the competition is incredible). Basically, jazz music entered a new and original phase through Shorter's compositions. In the '30s and '40s, people played swing and then bebop, which were "jazzed up" approaches to standard tunes. The '50s and early '60s saw a period of new jazz composition, and a self-conscious introduction of new styles that were centered around instrumental style rather than around standard tunes. These new styles definitely broke new ground, but they still were mostly built around virtuoso-style improvising that exploited the harmonic possibilities of the chord structure of a song. Though it is obviously indebted to this tradition, Shorter's compositions shifted the focus away from "blowing" and onto the beauty of the compositions. Playing these songs emphasized more the evoking of the appropriate mood and texture rather than just using them as generic platforms for playing the same scales and licks. Basically, these songs invited new forms of exploration--and for that reason they remain some of the most popular songs for contemporary jazz bands to play. This album, Speak No Evil, is a real pleasure to listen to, and that is true the first time and the five-hundredth time. This is one of the tiny handful of albums that can without question be called the greatest in the history of jazz. Everyone should have the pleasure of listening to this album.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Belongs in the Pantheon April 10, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Wayne Shorter writes some of the most memorable tunes in the jazz idiom and on this recording his talent for composition is front and center. With a group that consists of Hancock, Carter and Elvin Jones on drums the music is haunting and rhythmically complex. The bonus here is the superb playing of Freddie Hubbard on trumpet. To step into what is essentially Miles Davis' shoes with this group of Davis alumni must have been a mind-blowing responsibility but Hubbard quickly established his own idenity and his playing is one of the highlights of this set. Speak no Evil is a classic of 60's modal jazz and deserves a place in any serious collection.
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What This Album Means To Me January 13, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This dynamic quintet marks one of the peaks in jazz creation and interplay in it's musical history. With an allstar cast of Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Elvin Jones, the music was destined to be nothing less than amazing from the start. But amazing players is not all it takes to make an album worth a spot on the jazz timeline. The day of recording it was obvious that everybody was on. Fueled by the lyrically sad and revolutionary compositions of Shorter, their creative drive was explosive. Being a drummer this album has taught me a huge chunk of what I know about the concepts of swing and interplay. This music has nothing to do with showing off or proving something to one's audience. The fantastic thing about Shorter is his ability to say exactly what he wants and yet the music comes across in a way that's "medicine for your ears" according to Herbie Hancock. Shorter was the only person to bring music to Miles that never had to be changed because it was perfect and this album shows exactly that; a solemn soul creating something far beyond music.

Witchhunt is a dynamic opening to the cd. The rhythmic explosion at the intro already tells the audience with in it's first few seconds of sound that the album's a classic. It's interesting to note how the intro is a great example of call and response, a somewhat foreshadowing of the interplay to come in the solos. Elvin's swing into the head is driving and powerful. All the tunes and solos on this cd are examples of Wayne's ability to use space. Witchhunt is no exception with a bouncy rhythm of 8th notes for two bars followed by space for two bars. The horns are somewhat behind the beat, defining their unique concept of swing. Wayne understood what the rhythm section was there for.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece. 100% perfect. January 2, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Enough said? No, I'm afraid I can't help but gush about my favorite jazz album.
I can't figure why this album seems to sometimes be lumped in with the "avant-garde", because all of it is eminently listenable. In fact, perhaps what makes this record so uniquely great is how consistently accessible and ear-pleasing it is, yet never shallow, commercial or boring. The tunes are uniformly fantastic, the charts always interesting, and the playing is wonderfully subtle and dynamic all around; perfect moments of musical interaction abound. Shorter's prowess as a composer is amply documented on his many great albums, perhaps never more so than on _Speak No Evil_. Highlights include the irresistibly swinging "Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum", the intriguingly geometric and mysterious "Dance Cadaverous", and the breathtakingly gorgeous ballad "Infant Eyes".
Wayne Shorter mixed-and-matched a lot with his ensembles as a leader, never recording an album with the same band twice, leading bands anywhere from a quartet to a sextet (and the odd octet). But on _Speak No Evil_ he seems to have hit on the perfect band for his music. All props and praise to McCoy Tyner, who also recorded a lot with Wayne, but Herbie Hancock, with his inimitable subtleties and tonal shadings, is the perfect pianist to accompany Wayne. Elvin Jones on drums is a welcome addition to any lineup, needless to say. He really accentuates and underlines the *swing* inherent in the tunes here. The bright tone and spry exuberance of Freddie Hubbard on trumpet is a perfect counterpoint to Shorter's somewhat melancholy lyricism. Ron Carter anchors the bass quite admirably with a lot of nice touches of syncopation, but he's not as noticeable as he would later be with the Miles Davis Quintet.
I just can't say enough about this CD. It is gorgeous, it is stunning, it is perfect jazz.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars "Idle Moments" and "Undercurrent" all of which have been wonderfully...
[This is a rating / review for 2014 VINYL re-issue, not the actual performance]

I won't comment on the music or performance, as much more experienced Jazz fans have done... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Matt W
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very nice.
Published 1 month ago by Lawrence E. Hite
5.0 out of 5 stars Wayne Shorter was best known for his time with Miles Davis and Weather...
Another replacement for a copy that was stolen. Wayne Shorter was best known for his time with Miles Davis and Weather Report, but he has put out some wonderful solo efforts. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David Mccorkle
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Should be better, given the personnel. Enough good ideas for three tracks, spread out over seven. Wayne's done better.
Published 1 month ago by bardphile
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic
With people like that playing together, it is difficult to go wrong. At any rate, everything on the album is first-rate--both the compositions and the playing.
Published 4 months ago by les peetz
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy this!
Another artist who's work I really wasn't familiar with, but I keep it in my car and thoroughly enjoy listening to it. Will keep in my collection.
Published 4 months ago by gum
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this cd
Great album would suggest to anyone freedie hubbard is great. Herbie hancok is at best in piano love rhue era
Published 6 months ago by Gene L. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars 2014 Blue Note 75th Anniversary Edition is AMAZING!
I collect classic jazz on vinyl and I usually try to buy heavyweight, 180g or 200g vinyl releases. So I was a bit skeptical of this issue at first, but for the price (180+ g vinyl... Read more
Published 6 months ago by David Dennis
3.0 out of 5 stars Blue Note Stereo 84194 Vinyl
This a review for Blue Note Records 75th Anniversary Vinyl Initiative record mastered by Alan Yoshida at Capital Records. Read more
Published 6 months ago by E. Plowman
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant sound quality.
Why hadn't I bought this on CD ages ago? Sounds great and Wayne Shorter certainly doesn't need any review. Love this album!
Published 7 months ago by Michael
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