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Wayne Shorter Introducing Wayne Shorter [Aka: Blues A La Carte] album cover
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Studio Album, released in 1959

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Blues A La Carte' (5:41)
2. Harry's Last Stand (4:59)
3. Down In The Depths (10:18)
4. Pug Nose (6:55)
5. Black Diamond (7:44)
6. Mack The Knife (6:29)

Total time 42:06

Bonus tracks on 1997 & 2001 CD releases:
7. Blues A La Carte [Take 3] (5:44)
8. Harry's Last Stand [Take 34] (4:47)
9. Down In The Depths [Take 3] (9:41)
10. Pug Nose [Take 2] (8:15)
11. Black Diamond [Take 1] (6:04)

Total time 76:37

Line-up / Musicians

- Wayne Shorter / tenor saxophone

- Lee Morgan / trumpet
- Wynton Kelly / piano
- Paul Chambers / double bass
- Jimmy Cobb / drums

Releases information

LP Vee Jay Records ‎- VEE JAY LP 3006 (1959, US)
LP Affinity ‎- AFF 144 (1985, UK) Retitled "Blues A La Carte", new cover art

CD Vee Jay Records ‎- VJ-007 (1997, Spain) 24-bit remaster with 4 bonus tracks (alternate takes)
CD Koch Jazz ‎- KOC CD-8547 (2001, US) As above

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Review by Kazuhiro
3 stars Wayne Shorter informs the world of the name as composer/Sax player for the item of Jazz. It is loved by various musicians because it exists as Jazz Giants in the world of Jazz now.

The talent is true that the world admits, and his activity changes shape and offers the listener the bang-up job by competing with various musicians the exhaust of a lot of standard Jazz to the world.

The melody and the arrangement of the tune that he composed as a charm of his music are true that should make a special mention. The a little strangeness and a fantastic theme and Ad-Rib are acts that only he can do and competing with other musicians and offered tunes demonstrate the charm enough in it.

He awakes in Jazz at high school student's time, and it becomes crazy and it awakes to the road of the composition at university student's time. It works and it meets Horace Silver at the musician such as Joe Zawinul and this time. And, he will join the combo of Art Blakey on the introduction of trumpeter's Maynard Ferguson. As for doing the result of informing the world of his name soon [**], work with this Art Blakey might be famous.

This album produced in such a flow became first Solo Album for Wayne Shorter. Wayne Shorter has been invited to the session by player on the piano's Wynton Kelly before he competes with Art Blakey. The session is done by Vee Jay Records. Wayne Shorter contracts to Vee Jay and begins the production of this album based on the details. And, Solo Album will be regularly made in parallel with work with Art Blakey.

It is guessed that Vee Jay Records at this time drew high expectations to Wayne Shorter. If the musician who participated in the recording of this album is seen, it is likely to understand. The composition of the album is hardened by the tune that oneself composed with showing also of Wayne Shorter that is accompanied by Lee Morgan also who is the colleague of the combo of Art Blakey in addition to the line in which the combo of Miles Davis and performs dignity already.

The composition of the tune with the progress of irregular Blues and the tune with the element of Modal will not stay in simple Be-Bop. As for [****] and wanting do "Harry's Last Stand", the charm of Wayne Shorter is demonstrated enough. It progresses by a fantastic melody of not simple Blues "Blues A La Carte" but Shoretr. The element of Modal can be felt enough. The stability of how to put it and the performance of fast and slow might be being done enough by musicians who perform. It is felt that this album has been completed enough as his style in the history of his long music.

Review by J-Man
3 stars Most experts agree that 1959 was one hell of a year in jazz music, with many going as far as to say that it was the finest year that the genre would ever see. With legends like Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, and many others releasing some of the best albums in their careers over this twelve month span, it's difficult to argue with that statement. One of the slightly more forgotten, but still renowned, releases from this year is the debut from saxophone great Wayne Shorter. Introducing Wayne Shorter is the tenor saxophonist's first effort as a band leader, with greats like Lee Morgan (trumpet), Paul Chambers (bass), Wynton Kelly (piano), and Jimmy Cobb (drums) also on board. This tight lineup delivers six tunes of quality hard bop on this LP, and while I don't think it possesses the same level of greatness as other classics from 1959, this is still a highly enjoyable performance from some of the finest in jazz.

The music you'll find on Introducing Wayne Shorter is pretty standard hard bop for the time. Piano, bass, and hard-hitting drums lay a strong foundation for extended soloing, with each band member given plenty of opportunities to show off their technical skills. Jimmy Cobb's tasteful yet powerful drumming is what immediately draws my attention, and even though all eyes are typically on the soloist, his drumming is simply memorizing. That's not to discount the other musicians, though, as every one of them delivers plenty of great solos throughout the duration of the LP. While I wouldn't call the songwriting here particularly excellent, everything is solid from beginning to end - the nearly ten minute "Down In The Depths" is probably my favorite track if I had to pick one.

Though Introducing Wayne Shorter isn't the most original or captivating hard bop album from the late fifties', it's still an impressive debut from one of saxophone's greatest talents. The impressive technical capabilities of the quintet parred by an equally excellent production makes this a recommendable purchase for all fans of hard bop. I'd say 3.5 stars are deserved for this solid effort.

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