Track Selection: Chief Crazy Horse (7:20)
Wayne Shorter (ts) Herbie Hancock (p) Reggie Workman (b) Joe Chambers (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 3 & 24 , 1966
By the beginning of ’66, Wayne Shorter had already made jazz history twice: forging gospel-drenched hard bop with Art Blakey from ’59 to ’64 and helping to create the metaphysical artistry of the Miles Davis quintet during the mid-’60s. Adam’s Apple was recorded in February of 1966, and finds Shorter in transition between his modal style of the early ’60s and his more experimental avant-garde period that was to come later with albums like Schizophrenia
One blogger’s review of the record I found consisted of eleven words (or eight if you exclude the artist’s name and repetition): “Another from master Wayne Shorter. Good good shit according to me” (then go to Mediafire download link). Well that’s told you a lot. Here is another blog poster comment : JP says: Veramente un LP splendido…niente di meglio per cominciare l’anno nuovo! Grazie! (I think that’s Italian for thanks for the free download, happy new year)
Giving away something that isn’t yours to give earns you the gratitude of people, thanking you for stealing on their behalf. Pernicious or altruistic eh?
In my opinion, all the tracks are great, with reservations about the title track, Adams Apple, which is a little too “funky” to my ear. I have chosen the least funky, Chief Crazy Horse, for its suspended rhythmic pulse, Hancock’s enervated comping, and ultra-cool accents intertwining Shorter’s tenor and Joe Chambers drums, while Reggie Workman gets do a little walking in his own space on bass, showing there’s room in jazz for more than just Paul Chambers.
Vinyl: BST 84232 stereo, Division of Liberty, first issue, possibly second Liberty pressing, no Van Gelder stamp.
No ear, of course, but more significantly, my copy has no VAN GELDER stamp, despite being recorded at Englewood Cliffs by Van Gelder at sessions early in 1966. This recording first made it to vinyl under Liberty Records, getting on for two years into “new management”, with mastering possibly by another engineer, which might explain the eccentric stereo balance (to my ear). There are earlier Van Gelder hallmarked copies in existence with the transitional Blue Note/ Liberty address NY 10023 on the cover.
If I’m honest (and why not be) the pressing of my copy is a little anaemic, though still listenable. Buying again, I would go for the mono, as I find the stereo placement quite disturbing. Shorter is too loud, stuck in one speaker, and the drums are poorly miked, too quiet, and housed in the opposite speaker. Hancock sits squarely in the middle and I can’t easily locate the bass. I am not averse to stereo but these placement artefacts add nothing to enjoyment of the music.
Not just “writing on the cover”. Beat Poetry writing on the cover. In the hand of Jimmye Hall, jazz bohemian, beat poetry lover and proud owner of a date stamp with red inkpad. What kind of bohemian carries a rubber date stamp? They say that when you are holding a hammer, everything begins to look like a nail. It’s probably like that when you are holding a red-inked date stamp. Everything begins to look like an overdue library book, ker-dunk ker-dunk..
I’m no judge of beat poetry, but I would worry about someone writing their name and date on everything, twice. Obbsessive Compulsive.
Sellers Description: VG+vinyl, question mark over cover, depending on your taste in poetry. “My soul has grown deep like the river” (Mississipi). Could be a bonus.
Well, we know the name of the previous owner alright. With a fetish for red-ink date stamping.I often wish I had noted down the date of various things, but at the time, I had better things to occupy my mind than writing down dates. That photo of me, when??? I have to date them now by the length of my hair. Shoulder length, with dodgy moustache, that would be around 1967. With hindsight I wish I had written the date on the back at the time. Being more aware of dates would also have saved me a fortune in late return library fines too.