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5.0 out of 5 stars The soothsayer - A divine album !, 12 Sep 2008
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J. D. Naylor "jazzfan" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Soothsayer (Audio CD)
Glad this classic 60's blue note album has had the makeover and re-issue treatment from Mr van Gelder and it's well worth investing a few pounds in.For all those interested in advanced hard bop - then check this one out.Shorter,as you may know,is regarded as one of the finest modern jazz composers around and that coupled with the awesome lineup of musicians makes for a real classic.The tunes are fairly straight ahead but all the original pieces have that trademark shorter edginess and beauty in equal measures.Shorter himself is quite gruff sounding on this one and his solos take some unexpected and creative turns,Hubbard is well...Hubbard basically - with his customary bright sharp tone and quickfire phrasing and both are complemented superbly by Spaulding who deivers some jaw dropping solos in his own dolphy'ish wailing ,acid tinged style."Angola", after a few plays,will be going round your head in a constant loop i promise you ! There's only a let up in the intensity when "Lady Day" arrives with Shorter suddenly turning all gentle an romantic.Even for Blue Note,it's a rare to hear such great soloists all on tip top form.Go on and invest a few pounds - you won't be disappointed or i'll personally give you your money back !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soothsayer by smooth players, 6 Jan 2010
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Huck Flynn "huckleberry" (northern ireland) - See all my reviews
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I haven't got the RVG version but can't believe it makes much difference to a stunning album. You should know that this knocks spots off Speak No Evil, the arrangements are stunning, the themes memorable and the solos superb. The combination of Shorter's tenor, Hubbard's trumpet and Spaulding's alto is harmonic horn heaven, Tyner's piano inspired, Carter's bass has a confident spring and Williams' drums float hypnotically. Shorter's compositions get the most out of the brilliant sidekicks and it's difficult to pick out standout tracks - Lost, Angola (both versions), Big Push and the title track featuring memorable interplay and amazing solos, Lady Day a sublime tribute ballad and the elegant Valse Triste to close. This is inventive, distinctive Shorter at his best and most accessible. A special mention for Spaulding's wonderful alto playing too - check him out on Shorter's Schizophrenia and Hubbard's Breaking Point (he doubles on flute for both of those outings) but this is a total team performance that is as fresh as the day (1965?) when it was recorded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inventive and passionate modern jazz from Wayne Shorter's sextet in 1965., 11 July 2014
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Moontrack (Hampshire) - See all my reviews
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This excellent, but neglected sextet album by the distinctive saxophonist/composer Wayne Shorter(b. 1933) was recorded in New Jersey on March 4, 1965 but, inexplicably, not issued until 1980.
Wayne Shorter(tenor sax) had joined the Miles Davis Quintet a few months earlier and two other members of that great group, Ron Carter(bass) & Tony Williams(drums) are present here. Completing the sextet are James Spaulding(alto sax); Freddie Hubbard(trumpet) and John Coltrane's pianist McCoy Tyner.
Everyone is on superb form with impressive interplay on five memorable Shorter originals and an arrangement of Sibelius' 'Valse Triste'.
Highlights include 'Angola'(2 takes), reminiscent of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers; 'Lady Day', Shorter's haunting tribute to Billie Holiday and 'The Big Push'.
This RVG Edition(2008) of 'The Soothsayer' is an inventive and passionate modern jazz album which deserves to be much better known.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling jazz, 8 July 2011
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GlynLuke (York UK) - See all my reviews
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This is one of the most thrilling, exhilarating jazz albums I`ve ever heard.
In 1965 the 32-year old Shorter gathered round him the ultimate dream team of the time: the rightly ubiquitous Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, impeccably tactful McCoy Tyner on piano, superb bassist Ron Carter, restlesssly inventive Tony Williams occupying the drum seat, and the much lesser known James Spaulding taking alto sax duties and soloing like a man possessed. In fact it`s the two saxes that make this date so enthralling. Shorter & Spaulding have quite different approaches yet they complement each other beautifully. (In fact Spaulding`s alto is something I shall make it my business to further seek out.) There`s a palpable sense of excitement running through the whole album, from the great opener Lost into the following edge-of-the-seat trio of Angola, the wonderful The Big Push, and the relentless title track. After such an adrenaline rush the relative balm of Shorter`s lovely tribute, Lady Day, is most welcome.
WS shows his taste by his arrangement of one of the tone poems of Finnish composer Sibelius - strange but apt that both the Finn and the American often wrote oblique music that did not readily yield up its beauties.
I`d have given much to have been able to be in the Van Gelder studio to hear this incredible album recorded (in one day!) and to see the faces of this choice sextet as they made this music, which they surely must have known was something a bit special.
I have a few Wayne Shorter CDs of the period, and they`re all, without exception, essential listening. Difficult to believe this enigmatic musician-composer is now 77 years old. On The Soothsayer, as on all those classic late 50s/60s albums, he sounds forever ageless - like this great music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compositional genius and ensemble magic, 29 Oct 2007
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Huck Flynn "huckleberry" (northern ireland) - See all my reviews
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Can't understand why this is the first review - perhaps people are put off because Soothsayer isn't an RVG digitally remixed version? Well, you should know that this knocks spots off Speak No Evil, the arrangements are stunning, the themes memorable and the solos superb. The combination of Shorter's tenor, Hubbard's trumpet and Spaulding's alto is harmonic heaven, Tyner's piano inspired, Carter's bass has a confident spring and Williams' drums float hypnotically. Shorter's compositions get the most out of the brilliant sidekicks and it's difficult to pick out standout tracks - Lost, Angola (both versions), Big Push and the title track featuring memorable interplay and amazing solos, Lady Day a sublime tribute ballad and the elegant Valse Triste to close. This is inventive, distinctive Shorter at his best and most accessible. A special mention for Spaulding's wonderful alto playing too - check him out on Shorter's Schizophrenia and Hubbard's Breaking Point (he doubles on flute for both of those outings) but this is a total team performance that is as fresh as the day (1965?) when it was recorded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 July 2014
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W. S. Doran (London UK) - See all my reviews
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Brilliant
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 July 2014
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Mr. H. A. T. Jackson (wellingborough, northants, GB) - See all my reviews
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All O.K
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