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Odyssey of Iska

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  • Audio CD (14 Mar. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B000008C8J
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 435,481 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is Wayne Shorter at his very very best. Students of the soprano saxaphone should have this as a compulsory part of their education. The soprano saxaphone solos on this album know no peer and can genuinely bring a tear to the eye. His playing is from the heart and although this is free jazz, it is both lyrical and accessible. The musicians Billy Hart and Alphonze Mouzon on drums supported by two double bass players the wonderful Ron Carter and Cecil McBee give a solid but sympathetic backing. If you ever see this record in a record fair or record shop BUY IT. It is a rareity thanks to yet another blunder by Blue Note who for some reason have made this almost unobtainable depriving the world of yet another jazz classic.
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If you are in any doubt as to whether or not buy this album.....do not hesitate.This may not be 'Adam's Apple' with easy to pigeonhole post bop...this is the work of an enquiring mind and an absolute sublime saxophonist.As a player myself there are passages on this album that are among the most breathtaking in what I suppose is post post bop jazz. Just before the advent of Weather Report , Shorter uses an unusual line up to say the least.....very similar to that on Tim Buckley's 'Happy Sad' which sets the scene for a 3 part suite on the African wind Iska.The highlights are firstly his tenor statement and solo on 'Calm' where he plays with of the most beautiful sounds ever to be coaxed out of a tenor sax....even Stan Getz would have agreed with that. However his soprano solo especially after the reprise of the theme on 'Depois Do Amor,O Vazio' is the standard by which we must all be judged.His poise,passion, melancholy ,musicality not to mention intonation continually press all the buttons for me and have done since I first heard this record in my late teens in 1971.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ec987a4) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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HASH(0x9ecad204) out of 5 stars deeply felt music 7 May 2003
By yofriend - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My copy is now 29 years old. The cover is almost faded, but the record inside is still in very good shape. That's because Odyssey Of Iska contains some very beautiful music. In fact, as far as I know, Blue Note Records have not found it necessary until today to re-release the album on CD yet. Pity. If you can find the record at a second hand shop, don't hesitate. The definite jam here is Depois Do Amor, O Vazio (After Love, Emptiness) - what a great title! The song is a veritable Bossa Nova, but its almost 12 minutes are Bossa Nova the way you've never heard it before. Two drummers (Billy Hart and Alphonze Mouzon) start the Bossa beat and off it goes. Supported by two double bass players (Ron Carter and Cecil McBee), percussion, Bossa guitar and vibraphone (the only keyboard, so to speak), Wayne Shorter starts the melody on his soprano sax. For me, his playing on this tune is the most beautiful of his entire career, and that's saying something. After his solo and the re-statement of the melody, the song drifts into a frenzy of percussion and bass, creating an atmosphere of the amazon jungle. After hundreds of times listening to this song, it still is a miracle. The rest of the LP is also intriguing. I especially love Calm. It's Free Jazz - but don't worry! the song is a ballad. It's free, but the musicians here are so carefully listening to each other that the song is full of harmony and peace.
Shame on Blue Note for not remastering and releasing this set!
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HASH(0x9fb104b0) out of 5 stars Just before Weather Report... 7 Jun. 2005
By R G-S Listen with all your might! - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Just as Wayne, Miroslav Vitous, and Joe Zawinul were about to become Weather Report (Alphonse Mouzon and Airto Moriera were the other founding members) each had a solo album hit the streets. Of the three ("Iska", Vitous' "infinite Search" and "Zawinul") the most remarkable was Vitous' debut, but it was truly a landmark of fusion.

"Iska" has never been as popular, and has been only sporadically available on vinyl and CD. The "spacey" first three cuts (the vinyl's first side) lose focus sometimes, but are interesting explorations of color and texture that characterized some of Miles' studio work at the time.

The closing "Joy" is another fusion landmark, though; the two-bass two-drummer rhythm section puts the hammer down, and part way through, Wayne switches from tenor back to soprano and tears several new windows in his listeners' heads.

BTW, Leonard Feather's original liner notes refered to the new supergroup-to-come as "Weather FORECAST"!.

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Kevin D. Hurst - Published on Amazon.com
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A great chronicle of Wayne Shorter's love for humanity and condition. He did this to explain the journey of his daughter on the occasion of her birth. The forward he wrote himself is very deep and challenges what people think is love. The music he refers to as 'the enclosed' in his treatise. The playing is superb but he comments on the sharing the ones he choose offer. This is important music to any Wayne fan before Weather report and after Miles.
HASH(0x9ee0378c) out of 5 stars I'm really glad to see this available again 18 Mar. 2015
By electronics_buyer212 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One of my 'most played' records in adolescence and as a result, it's scratchy and often the needle won't stay on track. My attempts to record it from analogue to digital have failed because of the record player needle skipping around. I'm really glad to see this available again !
HASH(0x9ecad72c) out of 5 stars Wayne Shorter 14 Jun. 2013
By tommaso pieretti - Published on Amazon.com
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Good Music with a Master of Contemporary Jazz, I knew him listening to Miles Davis and Weather Report, Great Sax!!!!!!!
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