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The Classic Blue Note Recordings

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Black Nile
    2. Yes or No
    3. Speak No Evil
    4. Infant Eyes
    5. Witch Hunt
    6. Angola
    7. Etcetera
    8. Adam's Apple
    9. Footprints
    10. Tom Thumb
    11. Super Nova
    12. Calm
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Chess Players, The
    2. Lester Left Town
    3. Ping Pong
    4. Untied
    5. Marie Antoinette
    6. Children of the Night
    7. Contemplation
    8. Rio
    9. Limbo
    10. Nefertiti
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 40856

  • Credits
    EngineerDavid Richards; Alec Head; Rudy VanGelder; Tony May

    Personnel: Wayne Shorter (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); James Spaulding (alto saxophone, flute); Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Curtis Fuller (trombone); Bernard McKinney (euphonium); Bobby Hutcherson, David Friedman (vibraphone); McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Timmons, Walter Davis, Michel Petrucciani, Cedar Walton (piano); Gil Goldstein, Pete Levin (synthesizer); John McLaughlin, Sonny Sharrock, Gene Bertoncini, Jim Hall (electric guitar); Ron Carter, Reggie Workman, Ron Carter, Cecil McBee, Miroslav Vitous, Art Davis bass); Stanley Clarke (electric bass); Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Joe Chambers, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Alphonse Mouzon, Billy Hart, Art Blakey, Billy Higgins, Lenny White (drums); Frank Cuomo (percussion).
    Producers: Francis Wolff, Duke Pearson, David Rubinson, Lenny White.
    Compilation producer: Michael Cuscuna.
    Recorded between 1960 & 1989. Includes liner notes by Bob Blumenthal.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    Personnel: Wayne Shorter (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Jim Hall (guitar); Gene Bertoncini, John McLaughlin, Sonny Sharrock (electric guitar); James Spaulding (flute, alto saxophone); Michel Petrucciani (tenor saxophone, piano); Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan (trumpet); Curtis Fuller (trombone); Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Walter Davis, Bobby Timmons, Cedar Walton (piano); Pete Levin, Gil Goldstein (synthesizer); David Friedman, Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone); Stanley Clarke (electric bass); Chick Corea, Elvin Jones, Jack DeJohnette, Lenny White, Alphonse Mouzon, Art Blakey, Tony Williams , Billy Hart, Billy Higgins (drums); Frank Cuomo (percussion).
    Liner Note Author: Bob Blumenthal.
    Recording information: A&R Studios, New York, NY (04/29/1964-12/16/1989); Chelsea Studios, New York, NY (04/29/1964-12/16/1989); Montreux Jazz Festival (04/29/1964-12/16/1989); Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (04/29/1964-12/16/1989).
    Photographer: Francis Wolff.
    Renowned for his stints with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and, later, Miles Davis, saxophonist Wayne Shorter was also one of the finest jazz composers of the 1960s. This two-CD compilation, consisting entirely of his own compositions, presents a remarkable selection of Shorter's discography (sans the many albums he made with Weather Report), with the first disc focusing on Shorter's solo releases and the second on his work with Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, and others.
    As the title implies, this collection includes the original versions of well-known tunes "Yes or No," "Footprints," "Adam's Apple," and other Blue Note classics. Although most the songs were recorded in the '60s, the set does include Shorter's '89 electronic reworking of "Nefertiti," as performed by the Manhattan Project. (This rendition boasts the incomparable Michel Petrucciani, who contributes a burning piano solo.) The collection also features astounding hard-bop collaborations with the Jazz Messengers, including smoking versions of "Lester Left Town" and "The Chess Players."

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (2/03, p.103) - "...A selection of outstanding tracks....Sterling value, this comes highly recommended..."
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