Wayne Shorter : Night Dreamer
Wayne Shorter : Night Dreamer
Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Lee Morgan (trumpet), McCoy Tyner (piano), Reginald Workman (bass), Elvin Jones (drums)
Blue Note 4173
Music Matters Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)
Limited Edition : 2,500 printings
Brand New and Sealed Record
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1 - Night Dreamer
2 - Oriental Folk Song
3 - Virgo
4 - Black Nile
5 - Charcoal Blues
6 - Armageddon
Recorded on April 29, 1964 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
Night Dreamer is the fourth album by Wayne Shorter and his first on Blue Note.
In 1964, Shorter felt his writing was changing. While the previous compositions had a "lot of detail", this new approach had a simplistic quality to it. "I used to use a lot of chord changes, for instance, but now I can separate the wheat from the chaff."
Shorter focused on the album's meaning: "What I'm trying to express here is a sense of judgment approaching - judgment for everything alive from the smallest ant to man. I know that the accepted meaning of "Armageddon" is the last battle between good and evil - whatever it is. But my definition of the judgment to come is a period of total enlightenment in which we will discover what we are and why we're here."
"Night Dreamer" has mostly a minor feel, often perceived by Shorter as "evening or night", hence the "Night" in the title. It is a 3/4 "floating" piece, yet, "although the beat does float, it also is set in a heavy groove. It's a paradox, in a way, like you'd have in a dream". This explains the "Dreamer" part. Shorter first heard "Oriental Folk Song" as the theme for a commercial, then he discovered it was an old Chinese song. He meant "Virgo" (Shorter's sign) to be "optimistic", whilst in "Black Nile" he tried to get a flowing feeling, like a "depiction of a river route." "Charcoal Blues" should represent a sort of backtracking piece, linking the past and the present time together: "The old blues and funk were good for their times and place, but what I'm trying to do now is to get the meat out of the old blues while also presaging the different kind of blues to come. [...] I'm both looking back at the good things in those older blues and also laughing at that part of my background". Shorter underlines that the laughter is not mocking but satirical, "from the inside". Ultimately, "Armageddon" was considered by Shorter as the focal point of the album.
The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.
Like all Music Matters Jazz releases, this audiophile vinyl reissue is remastered from the original analogue Van Gelder studio tapes and pressed on 180g virgin vinyl at RTI. The highest quality gatefold cover features original session photography on the inside.