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Speak No Evil [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Wayne Shorter Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 May 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00000I8UH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,626 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Witch Hunt (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (1999 Digital Remaster) 8:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (1999 Digital Remaster) 5:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Dance Cadaverous (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (1999 Digital Remaster) 6:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Speak No Evil (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (1998 - Remaster) 8:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Infant Eyes (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (1999 Digital Remaster) 6:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Wild Flower (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (1999 Digital Remaster) 6:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Rudy Van Gelder remaster of '64 LP, with Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, & Ron Carter.

On this 1964 session, Speak No Evil, Wayne Shorter's band is a quintessential Blue Note group of the period combining Shorter's most frequent and effective collaborators. Wayne Shorter's compositions helped define a new jazz style in the mid-60s, merging some of the concentrated muscular force of hard bop with surprising intervals and often spacious melodies suspended over the beat. The result was a new kind of "cool," a mixture of restraint and freedom that created a striking contrast between Shorter's airy themes and his taut tenor solos and which invited creative play among the soloists and rhythm section. Here, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Elvin Jones merge their talents to create music that's at once secure and free flowing, sometimes managing to suggest tension and calm at the same time. --Stuart Broomer,

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A peak in jazz ensemble playing. 17 Dec 2004
By R Jess
Format:Audio CD
'Speak No Evil' was produced during one of the most innovative eras of jazz music, the early to mid-60's. 1964 was also the year John Coltrane produced 'A Love Supreme' and Eric Dolphy 'Out To Lunch'. Wayne Shorter managed to assemble some of the best players of that age to produce another jazz masterpiece. Ron Carter from Miles Davis's group, as well as Herbie Hancock on an upward slope to greatness. Elvin Jones fresh from his playing on 'A Love Supreme' and Freddie Hubbard who we heard on 'Out To Lunch' earlier in the year.
Shorter had been playing with Coltrane in the late 50's but his style ended up more melodic as can be heard on the opener 'Witch Hunt', which sounds like the basis of his work with Weather Report in the 70's. Hubbard plays an ode to the past as Hancock arrives with a mellow swing. By the end of the track Shorter and Hubbard are beginning to sound like a full orchestra. 'Fe-Fi-Fo-Fum' has all the smokey charm of a bluesy barroom band much like Hancock's piano on 'Dance Cadaverous'. A track with a smouldering melody, Hubbard and Shorter play in unison, each with an ear for it's seemingly spontaneous development as it builds to a mid-track crescendo. On the title track itself, Hancock's playing is infectious and infused with feeling. Jones lets loose on Shorter's first solo before Hubbard takes over with his energetic and melodic playing. More beautiful and airy sax on 'Infant Eyes' before we get Shorter's introverted solo on 'Wild Flower' followed by Hubbard's loud and engaging one. Hancock is again amazing against Jones's drumming.
Shorter was extraordinarily lucky to have these players at the peak of their powers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant, classic, straight-ahead jazz 9 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Speak No Evil has for 13 years captivated me with the clear elegance of its melodies. Witchunt opens the album with a loud shout, and some level of risk. Fe-fi-fo has less jagged angles and blends more into the nearly sickly velvety angles of Dance Cadaverous. Speak No Evil in the centre captures the classic signature of the album. Watch for the fullness of the saxophones voice build lush in track five Infant Eyes, and wonder if the Wild Flower was right sound for the album overall? Overall, one of the finest examples of the Blue Note sound.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wayne Shorter- jazz's finest tenor saxophonist 30 Nov 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
On Speak no Evil Wayne Shorter manages to reach a level of brilliance that he never even achieved with the great Miles Davis Quintet of the late '60s. Compositionally it is a fantastic album with the open track witch hunt and the title track being particular gems.
There is beauty and joy to this album that comes from Shorter himself. He has a far less serious and intense style than John Coltrane, whom comparisons are inevitably drawn with, which makes his work far less effort to listen to. The other collaborators are more than competant in their perfomances as well with the expert touch of Herbie Hancock on the piano and the bewitching tones of Freddie Hubbard on trumpet blending well.
For me this is one of the classic jazz albums, and it proves the lack of justice in the world when John Coltrane is remembered more fondly by the public than the master behind this work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, elliptical and mysterious 1 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album is proof that the criticisms of Wayne Shorter being just another Rollins-Coltrane imitator were indeed fatuous. Shorter, who has always incorporated a stronger element of the blues to his playing than Coltrane did in the mid-sixties, mixes this with some masterful composition and improvisation. Couple this with some astounding support from the polyrhythmic Elvin Jones, a (sometimes over) brassy and exuberant Freddie Hubbard, with the mercurial Herbie Hancock and journeyman Ron Carter.
The compositions themselves are wondrous, opening with "Witch Hunt", an interesting piece with a separate intro that moves straight into the main theme. It is a haunting blues with great solos from Shorter and Hubbard, driven along by Jones' fiery beat. "Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum" is a track that is utterly ruined by Hubbard, who seems to be content on blowing everyone off the song with no regard for the wonderful introduction. Hancock mimicks the rhythmic chanting of Fee Fi Fo Fum with dissonant chords at the beginning, before moving into a fantastic opening theme over an unusual blues progression. Shorter and Hancock redeem the song with more searching solos. "Dance Cadaverous" is an interesting take on "Valse Triste" by Sibelius, and it is an effective example of a classical progression being adapted for jazz. The title's association with the grislier side of life is well preserved by eerie solos by the two horns. The title track stands out due to challenging solos by all which seem to disregard tonality, indeed, Shorter would continue to develop tonal ambiguities through his compositions with the Miles Davis quintet. This creates an unsettling effect, but it is also combined with Shorter's angular lyricism.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 1 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album contains brilliant compositions. The theme is of witchcraft and sorcery and Shorter's dark sax is contrasted by Hubbard's clean and lyrical breaks. It all holds together very well and the air is maintained throughout the album. It also marks a turning point in jazz and Shorter's career. He abandon's the coolness of bop and begins to suggest more abstract phrasing and harmonies. A very good album.
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Published 17 days ago by Cristian E.
2.0 out of 5 stars A poor CD
I was disappointed with this jazz disc which was not as I expected. The tracks were tedious and very boring
Published 8 months ago by pete
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction To Shorter
For anyone looking for their first exposure to the music of Wayne Shorter, they couldn't do better than this album. Read more
Published 13 months ago by an anonymous enthusiast
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Blue Note original banger. Any serious jazz head needs this in their collection. Beautifully produced with wall to wall tunes
Published 18 months ago by M. Maran
5.0 out of 5 stars the definitive sound of jazz post the bebop era
wonderful tunes and harmonies. these tunes and the associated improvisation still sound fresh today. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Andrew Fawcett
5.0 out of 5 stars Shorter on top form!
If you only want one Wayne Shorter album ( which I would find hard to believe!)then there is a very strong case for making it 'Speak No Evil'. Read more
Published on 28 May 2012 by os
5.0 out of 5 stars Background Cool
One of those jazz deals that just carries you along for an hour while you get long with whatever is occupying yourself. Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2011 by Blanche
5.0 out of 5 stars Wayne`s world
Strange to think that Wayne Shorter, at 77, is now an elder statesman of jazz. I tend to think of him as much younger than Miles, Coltrane and the other movers & shakers of the 50s... Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2011 by GlynLuke
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic!
I totally agree with our friend from Limerick. This is one of the truly great albums, no weak track. Each of the musicians involved was a peerless master of his craft. Read more
Published on 8 April 2011 by B. J. Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Speak no Evil
As far as I know (if I am right) this recording is one of the first of Wayne Shorter's album as the leader of a group. Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2009 by Y. Candela
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