With four projects behind him, it was Shorter’s Blue Note debut “NIGHT DREAMER,” he came armed with a decisive strategy, poised and determined spirit with not only strands of wisdom from prior records but maximum smoke to six original compositions as a statement, footprint, and artistic voice to emerge as a beacon of light with a bright future in jazz waiting to envelop him. Influenced by Trane, he not only mirrored his style but it’s Shorter’s approach, and his writing skills showed unexpected maturity earned him a spot among the best. Therefore, to make this project manifest with unprecedented glory he called on the finest talent in the game, Lee Morgan, McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman, and Art Blakey to record this impressive head bopper titled “NIGHT DREAMER.”
As I listened intently, I’ve discovered Shorter’s voice and talent were sharpened and developed during his tenure with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. The opening selection “NIGHT DREAMER,” and title track set the tone of what was yet to be unveiled throughout this thoughtful and mesmerizing collection of tunes. Even today, “ORIENTAL FOLK SONG” a favorite is a boss jam with each spin it draws me to the core of his stimulating tonality and solace that comes with his smoldering timbre. By now, any serious jazz aficionado is aware that Mr. Shorter has ascended beyond the shadows of expectation, great players and composers alike to become one of the most revered, and accomplished musicians and composers in jazz today.
At a glance, on “VIRGO” Shorter’s moaning bravado shimmers quietly yet he convincingly engages in harmonic nuances with a softly spoken zeal, thirst, and hunger. Next up, Shorter‘s bop-infectious “BLACK NILE” erupts with unmatched interplay provided by the stellar cast of musicians also shines a light on his unmatched valor as a seasoned player. On the hip-swaying “CHARCOAL BLUES,” Shorter makes his mark as a contender, one to reckon with as a certified bluesologist. He closes the session with the ambitious “ARMAGEDDON,” once more he demonstrates why he’s the new player in town with serious skills. As a student of jazz, Shorter showed critics right or wrong he met the challenge he learned to adapt these tools of the trade and mastered these gifts as an emerging voice landed with perfect-timing on Blue Note Records to give jazz enthusiast worldwide an earth-shaking masterpiece called “NIGHT DREAMER.”
Listen and discover why music lovers deem “NIGHT DREAMER” one of the best by Wayne Shorter.