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Studio Album, released in 1964

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. JuJu (8:30)
2. Deluge (6:49)
3. House Of Jade (6:49)
4. Mahjong (7:39)
5. Yes Or No (6:34)
6. Twelve More Bars To Go (5:26)

Total time 41:47

Bonus tracks on 1996 remaster:
7. JuJu (alt take) (7:48)
8. House of Jade (alt take) (6:37)


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Line-up / Musicians

- Wayne Shorter / tenor saxophone, composer

- McCoy Tyner / piano
- Reginald Workman / double bass
- Elvin Jones / drums

Releases information

Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on August 3, 1964.

Artwork: Reid Miles

LP Blue Note ‎- BLP 4182 (1964, US) Mono audio
LP Blue Note ‎- BST 84182 (1964, US) Stereo audio
2xLP Music Matters Ltd. ‎- MMBST-84182 (2009, US) Remastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman

CD Blue Note ‎- CDP 7 46514 2 (1987, US)
CD Blue Note ‎- CDP 7243 8 37644 2 6 (1996, US) Remastered by Ron McMaster with 2 bonus tracks

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Review by Kazuhiro
4 stars When overall respect is seen if the creation and the history of the music that Wayne Shorter did are considered, it might be a little difficult to tell his charm easily. However, it is understood that the expression of Wayne Shorter has originality very much even if competing with the musician who surrounds the expression and surroundings of a variety of music characters is considered.

The activity of man who spends it in the 70's in the especially 60's might be known as establishment of one music character. It might be very difficult to pull out only one of the various works to which he was related and to talk. And, the work where his essence appears remarkably in the situation in which Wayne Shorter especially forms the music character might be an album at the time announced in Blue Note.

Part of various hobbies to which Wayne Shorter was related at infant stage. Painting and movie. And, the interest by SF and occult always enchanted him. He should have been having them project those elements to own work. The tune of Wayne Shorter had already been offered by competing with Art Blakey had a lot of very fantastic, graceful melodies.

Music character of Miles Davis that advocates route of mode in the latter half of the 1960's. And, John Coltrane that establishes the route from mode Jazz and practices it exists. The situation might surely have influenced Wayne Shorter. And, Wayne Shorter that puts ability in the combo of Art Blakey gradually demonstrates the ability of the composition. Wayne Shorter might have had pride in the title of the player and the composer. It might be remarkably reflected in his Solo album.

If Wayne Shorter was considered from another angle, it will have been time that the music character formed on business with Art Blakey. Or, there might have been a part that had been expressed according to the music character of Miles Davis and the instruction on business with Miles Davis, too. However, the work that shows the music character of Wayne Shorter best might be a work in the age of Blue Note. And, the essence of Wayne Shorter is exactly blocked in the Solo album of man who began to announce immediately before the combo of Art Blakey secedes.

"Night Dreamer" to which the recording had been done on April 29, 1964 was an album where the essence of Wayne Shorter and the music character were exactly expressed enough. The album produced while following the route is this "JUJU". The Sax player is only Wayne Shorter in the recording of this album. In the recording of "Night Dreamer", other members who exclude Lee Morgan are quite same as the member of "Night Dreamer" in this "JUJU" though trumpeter's Lee Morgan participated.

There might have been a situation that derived gradually from mode Jazz in the age. McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones that participates in this album are known well as a member of Coltrane Quintet. The fact that Wayne Shorter appointed these two people might be a point that should make a special mention. Confidence to mode Jazz. Or, there might have been an idea of catching the challenge from the angle besides Miles Davis and John Coltrane and expressing it. As for the tendency to the work at this time, his essence is indeed especially expressed well for Wayne Shorter. Part where wavelength of performance in addition to fantastic melody is matched. And, it is partial removed. Tension and easing. And, it is a part of the expression of the ability and the arrangement of the arrangement as one of the charms of him. These are reflected in the work at this time.

The rhythm mainly composed of three rhythms moves freely in "Juju". The tension twines round the rhythm of a little Latin with a fantastic theme. Continuousness of tension and easing with piano. Fantastic atmosphere is produced as much as possible. Wayne Shorter is offering all the compositions of this album. How is it understood that this album expresses the essence of Wayne Shorter.The rhythm of Elvin Jones that continues the melody and the dash feeling of glossy Tenor Sax has a good flow.

A sensual theme of "Deluge" by Sax is impressive. The power of expression cultivated in the combo with Art Blakey might be followed. Melody of Sax to get on cymbals steady from theme that multiuses Syncopation legato. Piano obbligati that supports the flow. The wave made because the rhythm puts the accent might be a product of the performance by these four people. Piano Solo in close relation to the line of steady Bass also contributes to the tune.

As for "House Of Jade", the theme by fantastic Sax twines round a beautiful piano melody. The atmosphere of the ballade that flows slowly is expressed well. The atmosphere of the tune and the impression of the sound might be a little reminiscent of the element of John Coltrane. Progressing the tune that makes the part and Sax that doubles the tempo of the tune on the way a center has a good flow.

As for "Mahjong", the sound of the drum that slowly twines round the theme with a mysterious melody is good each other. Other members support mode Jazz that Wayne Shorter practices well. The rhythm that puts fast and slow on piano Solo contributes. The part that becomes piano Trio is really reminiscent of Coltrane Quartet. Sound of Sax that performs fantastic melody as much as possible. The width of the flow of the album is expanded.

"Yes Or No" is a very popular as tune of standard Jazz tune. Rhythm with dash feeling. And, a complete theme flows. Solo of Sax in close relation to the rhythm with the diversity of Elvin Jones is a very graceful melody. Part of piano Solo that twines while continuing dash feeling. The part where the wind instrument develops a thick performance in the layer though it is only one person is splendid.

"Twelve More Bars To Go" is a tune where the atmosphere of mode Jazz advocated at this time is expressed well. Sax that feels room in a steady tempo and a piano sound flow. Solo of Wayne Shorter that is accompanied by a steady rhythm section and performs moves good and freely.

Wayne Shorter that announces this album comes to be exactly related to work with Miles Davis. It might be a work talked about as an album to express the most remarkably essential part.

Review by Warthur
4 stars JuJu presents a selection of cutting edge esoteric modal jazz cuts that establish Wayne Shorter as, like Miles Davis and John Coltrane, a key thinker in the intense conversations taking place in the jazz avant-garde prior to the late 1960s emergence of fusion. With an able collection of sidemen - McCoy Tyner on piano is, as always, a real treat - it's a solid release which actually has a somewhat sunnier and more upbeat atmosphere than you might expect from the mystical title, but there are sufficient twists and turns on offer to remind you that all is not quite as it seems on the surface.

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