Wayne Shorter - The All Seeing Eye - Explorative Post Bop Jazz 180 Grm LP

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Wayne Shorter - The All Seeing Eye

Label: Blue Note – BLP 4219
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Country: US
Originally Recorded: 1965
This is a 180 Gram LP Reissue
Genre: Jazz
Style: Post Bop


A1 The All Seeing Eye
A2 Genesis

B1 Chaos
B2 Face Of The Deep
B3 Mephistopheles

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Recorded At – Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Alto Saxophone – James Spaulding
Bass – Ron Carter
Drums – Joe Chambers
Flugelhorn – Alan Shorter (tracks: B3)
Piano – Herbie Hancock
Producer – Rudy Van Gelder
Recorded By – Rudy Van Gelder
Tenor Saxophone – Wayne Shorter
Trombone – Grachan Moncur III
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Freddie Hubbard

The all-seeing Eye is one of Shorters more obscure records but it's actually his best IMO. The reason for it's relatively unpopular status is probably because the music is pretty close to free-jazz at times (it's not a free jazz record though, explorative post-bop or inside/outside is probably the best description), a form of music many people hate. For me, who love free-jazz and this Blue Note post-bopstyle, it's pure heaven.

Wayne Shorters playing is explosive throughout and so is Hancock. I'm not a big fan of Hubbard who appeared on far too many Blue Note records in this era (why they didn't use Woody Shaw more often is a mystery to me) but he does a good job without really standing out (as usual).

The front line is filled out with the awesome trombonist/composer Grachan MoncurIII and the underrated altoist James Spaulding. They don't solo much but their contributions are no less important for that, giving the ensembles a rich sound.

My two favourite songs on this LP is "Chaos" and "Mephistopheles". "Chaos" is raw, edgy post-bop at it's very best with a great, Dolphy -inspired solo by Spaulding and one of my all-time favourite Shorter solos where he starts off pretty uninspired but soon turns into one of his most explosive solos (also check out Joe Chambers drum responses when Shorter kicks into high gear). Even Hancock gets aggressive on this one!!!

"Mephistopheles" is the most untypical song on the record. It was written by (and includes) Waynes brother Alan who was more of a free/avantgarde performer. It was also recorded for Marion Browns debut album with a different title. This version, however, is much better. The tempo is slower and the drums get into an awesome, almost tribal, groove. Hancock pretty much plays one chord throughout which gives it a hypnotic quality. This song sounds almost unlike anything in jazz and MUST be heard!
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Format LP
Label Blue Note Records