We were speaking to Wayne Shorter earlier today and just as we were wrapping up mentioned that the Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers’s Africaine album was a particular favourite. It’s a significant record in Shorter’s recorded legacy in that it was his first of many Blue Note recording sessions; it was not real eased until over 20 years after it was recorded in November 1959.
“Well, thanks for reminding me. It was the first tune I wrote after I left the army. Is that the one that goes like…?” Wayne proceeded to whistle it. We confirmed that it was. “I need to check that record out again.”
You can check it out here?