Blue Note lost its nerve I think. Personally I disagree with the criticisms levelled towards this recording. Mr. Shorter, in the mid sixties, was producing top-notch stuff (again and again) as a solo artist, composer and musician (as an integral part of the great second Miles Davis Quintet).
Please note for folks new to jazz, as with all Wayne Shorter albums, they get better with repeated listens.
'Etcetera' opens the album - Herbie Hancock and Wayne spar with each other in this moody ghost like tune. Cecil McBee (Bass) and Joe Chambers (Drums) are terrific throughout the whole album.
'Penelope' is the second track and has a beautiful aching theme. Herbie and Wayne work so well together - late night reflections stuff ....etc
'Toy Tune' is perhaps the weakest offering on the album - pleasant swing but not cutting edge - Herbie's solo is the best bit.
'Barracudas' - fantastic! 11 minutes or so of ebb and flow dynamic jazz.
'Indian Song' - another 11 minute piece of top drawer stuff. Hypnotic and haunting. All the Quartet are outstanding and get a slice of the action.
This album for me is nearly as good as 'Speak No Evil' and I'd be hard pushed to choose if I could only have one of them. Highly recommended.
This excellent, but neglected quartet album by the distinctive saxophonist/composer Wayne Shorter(b. 1933) was recorded in New Jersey on June 14, 1965 but, inexplicably, not issued until around 1980. With Shorter(tenor sax) were a superb rhythm section of Herbie Hancock(piano); Cecil McBee(bass) & Joe Chambers(drums). Wayne Shorter had served a year with the Miles Davis Quintet when he recorded these five tracks(including four originals) and his tenor playing has a brooding, mysterious quality. Highlights include the haunting title-track and two lengthy exotic pieces, Gil Evans' 'Barracudas' & Shorter's 'Indian Song'. 'Etcetera' is an inventive and atmospheric modern jazz album which deserves to be more widely known.