Wayne Shorter – Schizophrenia (1967/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Wayne Shorter – Schizophrenia (1967/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 36:37 minutes | 1,31 GB | Genre: Jazz
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Schizophrenia is the eleventh studio classic by Wayne Shorter. The recording highlights the rich contrast of traditional ideas with adventurous exploration. Released in 1967, this star-studded affair features Curtis Fuller, James Spaulding, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Joe Chambers. The sextet, in peak form, performs five stunning originals and an arrangement of Spaulding’s “Kryptonite.” Standouts include “Tom Thumb” and “Miyako”.

Wayne Shorter was at the peak of his creative powers when he recorded Schizophrenia in the spring of 1967. Assembling a sextet that featured two of his Miles Davis bandmates (pianist Herbie Hancock and bassist Ron Carter), trombonist Curtis Fuller, alto saxophonist/flautist James Spaulding and drummer Joe Chambers, Shorter found a band that was capable of conveying his musical “schizophrenia,” which means that this is a band that can play straight just as well as they can stretch the limits of jazz. At their best, they do this simultaneously, as they do on the opener “Tom Thumb.” The beat and theme of the song are straightforward, but the musical interplay and solos take chances that result in unpredictable results. And “unpredictable” is the operative phrase for this set of edgy post-bop. Shorter’s compositions (as well as Spaulding’s lone contribution, “Kryptonite”) have strong themes, but they lead into uncharted territory, constantly challenging the musicians and the listener. This music exists at the border between post-bop and free jazz — it’s grounded in post-bop, but it knows what is happening across the border. Within a few years, he would cross that line, but Schizophrenia crackles with the excitement of Shorter and his colleagues trying to balance the two extremes.

01 – Tom Thumb
02 – Go
03 – Schizophrenia
04 – Kryptonite
05 – Miyako
06 – Playground

Recorded March 10, 1967 in Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Produced by Alfred Lion
Originally released as Blue Note BST 84297

Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone)
Curtis Fuller (trombone)
James Spaulding (alto saxophone, flute)
Herbie Hancock (piano)
Ron Carter (bass)
Joe Chambers (drums)