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Adam's Apple [LP]
Vinyl | LP (12" album, 33 rpm)
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Vinyl LP repressing. ADAM'S APPLE by Grammy-Award winner Wayne Shorter was recorded in 1966 and was Shorter's tenth album. ADAM'S APPLE includes the first recording of Shorter's composition "Footprints" which was later recorded by the Miles Davis Quintet. Includes special Blue Note 75 vinyl sleeve that features album cover art for 75 Blue Note titles.
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The Music, however, is beyond words
Wayne Shorter is one of the few major sax players. But it's the combination of playing and composing that makes him one of the greatest of all times. With 'Speak no evil' together with 'Adams apple' and 'Skizophrenia' you will get a perfect idea of Shorters early work and his huge talent. In my opion these albums are a must in understanding the evolution of jazz. And therefore a must in every jazzcollection!
'Speak no evil' is about composition. The five artists play in service of the compositions. It is about the carpet of sound and not the individual qualities. There's room for space and melodic poetry. This new approach is to be followed up for decades. It is the first solo album of Shorter without the coltraneband. This album puts him among Coltrane en Davis. This, ofcourse, was to be expected of the follower up of Coltrane in the Miles Davis Quintet.
The second album is Skizophrenia. The linernotes explanes the title as 'a retreat from reality'. Shorter finds new paths and that would make him a split-personnality in a time where people are used to stay on the same course. All the six players follow this new course and all find them selves more than capable. The music is soulfull and more important it is funky. Shorter playing is often compared with Coltrane, but on this album Shorter, in my opion, Shorter becomes one of the major players. His qualities shown here put him next to Coltrane, Rollins and Parker.
'Adam's apple' is the third great album of Wayne Shorter. With a lot of Miles Davis Quintet experience Shorter makes his best album. The compositions are (again) all beautifull, but it is the power in the playing that makes the album. It is full, sentimental, drama, spaceous and often surprising. And, mind you, this is only a quartet playing!
The opening cut "Adam's Apple" is a very innovative composition by Shorter. Blues at the core, it moves up and down from slow and deliberate to wild and frantic. The second cut "502 Blues (Drinkin' and Drivin')" is not really a blues in the techinical sense, but it is one of those tunes that when listened to through headphones is a sheer delight. The sax work by Shorter and the Piano work by Hancock are superb. The rhythm section of Workman and drummer Joe Chambers is excellent as well.
The next cut, "El Gaucho" features a variety of chord changes and some fine comping from Hancock. "Footprints" follows. What can I say? This tune has become a jazz standard. Played in six-eight time, Shorter delivers some awesome sax on this cut. Hancock's piano and Workman's bass solos are high articulate. A classic. You can find another version of "Footprints" on "Miles Smiles" from the Miles Davis Quintet which also features Shorter and Hancock.
"Footprints" is followed by "Teru" a smooth, flowing ballad with great work by both Shorter and Hancock. "Chief Crazy Horse" showcases the work of Hancock and Chambers in a fine way."The Collector" is a tune written by Hancock which did not appear on the original vinyl LP. The cut is a more "progressive" or avante-garde than the rest of the album. Still, it is an interesting piece.
"Adam's Apple" gives a great cross-section of what Wayne Shorter can do with both his sax and his pen. A must-have for any serious collector of 1960's jazz, especially the music from Blue Note Records.