Things were happening big time for Shorter in early 1965, when ’The Soothsayer’ was recorded. After five years with drummer and band leader Art Blakey as musician, composer and, finally, musical director, the saxophonist had recently joined trumpeter Miles Davis’ second great quintet. With Davis, Shorter would record six studio albums over the next three years (the first, E.S.P., 1965, was recorded two months before ’The Soothsayer’) plus a further four under his own name.
’The Soothsayer’ was initially shelved to make way for the release of the more adventurous ‘The All Seeing Eye’, and when Shorter left Davis and joined Weather Report, this beautiful album, temporarily, was overtaken by events. It was finally released in 1979, which is hard to believe because it ranks with the best of his works from this incredibly fertile period.
His unique sense of melody in the modal style of the 60’s is very evident in today’s song ‘Lost’, featuring expressive solo interludes that glide over a gorgeous floating waltz.
Wayne Shorter - Tenor Saxophone James Spaulding - Alto Saxophone Freddie Hubbard - Trumpet McCoy Tyner - Piano Ron Carter - Bass Tony Williams - Drums
In 1962 (the year of release of this album), Hubbard was still a full time member of The Jazz Messengers, but still had time to record 3 solo albums: ’The Artistry Of Freddie Hubbard’, ‘Here To Stay’ and ‘Hub-Tones’. While the former two have a lot of that unmistakable Messengers style, ‘Hub-Tones’ sounds a lot more like two of Hubbard’s collaborations from a few years earlier: ‘Free Jazz’ and ‘Olé Coltrane’. On ‘Hub-Tones’, Hubbard uses the freedom forged by Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane, but stays grounded to the classic Blue Note sound.