Monday, March 12, 2007

Yahoo LAUNCHCAST song of the day

Artist:Wayne Shorter

Song:Speak No Evil

Album:The Classic Blue Note Recordings

Wayne Shorter is another all time jazz great and he's been around so long I have to talk about different stages of his career. This comp is about his Blue Note recordings from the 60s. It's 2CDs and I'm not sure why Blue Note hasn't done a box set but they should. Wayne Shorter was born Aug. 25, 1933 in Newark, NJ. Shorter made his name playing sax for Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers from 1959-1963. Meanwhile he was recording for Vee Jay. Eventually he did sign with Blue Note in 1964 and recorded some classic albums in the 60s. At the same time, Miles Davis hired him for his band and he stayed with Miles through Bitches Brew after which he formed Weather Report with Joe Zawinul in 1970. 1964's Speak No Evil is a classic Shorter composition with musicians he was working with in the Blakey & Davis bands. You've got Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass and Elvin Jones on drums. Shorter is still around today. His latest CD is 2005's Breaking The Sound Barrier. Here's Wayne Shorter with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter & Tony Williams performing Joshua in Milan Oct. 11, 1964.

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