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3.45 | 14 ratings | 1 reviews | 36% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1969

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Tom Thumb (6:15)
2. Go (4:52)
3. Schizophrenia (6:59)
4. Kryptonite (6:25)
5. Miyako (5:55)
6. Playground (6:20)

Total time 36:46

Line-up / Musicians

- Wayne Shorter / tenor saxophone, composer (excl. track 4)

- Curtis Fuller / trombone
- James Spaulding / flute, alto saxophone
- Herbie Hancock / piano
- Ron Carter / double bass
- Joe Chambers / drums

Releases information

Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on March 10, 1967.

Artwork: John Zoiner (photo)

LP Blue Note ‎- BST 84297 (1969, US)

CD Blue Note ‎- CDP 7243 8 32096 2 0 (1995, US)

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(36%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
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Review by Kazuhiro
3 stars Time when this album had been announced might have been important time for Wayne Shorter. The activity of the music of him who had been done in parallel with Solo Album was indeed variegated. The time that shifted from the end in the 60's through work with Art Blakey and activity with Quintet of Miles Davis in the 70's might have been an adventure of music for Wayne Shorter.

The technology and the talent to his music were already the well-known facts. It appeared remarkably from the age of the combo of Art Blakey. Sax player's changing places frequently happened to the combo of Art Blakey at the time of 1958. The movement of Jazz Messengers that repeats secession though having worked is true when Benny Golson and Hank Mobley enhance the directionality of the combo of Art Blakey might have been able to ride on a new wave by the joining of Wayne Shorter.

The existence of Wayne Shorter might have been evaluated as one individuality in the flow whose Sax player of John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins is main currents. Time when Wayne Shorter had had Blue Note and relations was time when he had joined Jazz Messengers. And, it shows one's originality from work with Art Blakey gradually at the time of 1964. Man who had seceded the combo announced the masterpiece that was called "JuJu". He has improved ability further with Quintet of Miles Davis. And, he consented that soprano Sax was performed by instructing Miles. This fact has been absorbed to the music character of Wayne Shorter at once. And, it is practiced in "Super Nova" announced in 1969. Flow in this age. And, it proposes musical instruments by Miles. Or, the change in the situation of music that rushed into to agree with them in the 70's will have been inevitable and high true.

Curtis Fuller of the trombonist who is participating in the recording of this album has already competed with Wayne Shorter in Jazz Messengers. And, drum player's Joe Chambers was called one person of Wayne favorite. It has the element of some Hip in standard Jazz "Tom Thumb". And, the individuality of Wayne appeared enough in the melody "Go". The element of SF to which he was related as the hobby from infancy might have appeared unconsciously in his music character. The music character of man who always produces a glossy melody is always unique. Flute player's James Spaulding also contributes. The element of fast Passage and the mode of "Schizophrenia" functions as Tenor Sax. This tune might be one of the highlights of this album. And, it is partial of the mode of "Kryptonite". Or, a sensual ballade of "Miyako" flows. The composition of the entire album might succeed. The progress of the theme with the melody that "Playground" that decorates the end of the album is also complex is offered to the listener. The listener will be able to confirm the fact that Jazz revolutionizes by the age.

The theme and the meaning of this album might be important in the flow that shifts from "Super Nova" to Weather Report. And, he had always to catch the age in Solo Album and to have made music and the idea an embodiment.

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