Wayne Shorter, Night Dreamer (feat. Lee Morgan, Reginald Workman & Elvin Jnoes) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)

Phil Freeman

By Phil Freeman

on 07.20.11 in Reviews

Night Dreamer (feat. Lee Morgan, Reginald Workman & Elvin Jones) ( The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)

Wayne Shorter
His label debut as a leader

Tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter came to Blue Note in the mid ’60s fulfilling two roles. With Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, he contributed bluesy, hard-grooving hard bop tunes and gutsy solos; meanwhile, on his own albums, he attempted to expand jazz’s melodic and harmonic vocabulary with intellectually rigorous, occasionally dispassionate inward journeys. On this, his label debut as a leader, he was backed by trumpeter Lee Morgan, and John Coltrane’s rhythm section — pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Reggie Workman, and drummer Elvin Jones. The music is both bluesier and more meditative than Coltrane’s contemporaneous work, though, sacrificing furrowed-brow intensity for Zenlike swing.