Wayne Shorter: Speak No Evil
Universal (Japan) UCGQ-9019
Stereo Single Layer
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Review by Mark Werlin - March 3, 2023
[This is a placeholder, to honor the memory of Wayne Shorter. Full review will follow.]
Speak No Evil is one of Wayne Shorter's best Blue Note sessions. Shorter's influence as a composer and saxophonist is immeasurable. He was held in the highest regard by his colleagues. His presence in the second Miles Davis Quintet impacted Miles' approach to music in profound ways.
I was fortunate to see him in performance twice: in 1972 in an early edition of Weather Report, and in 1977 with the V.S.O.P. Quintet.
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Comment by Ben Leggett - September 29, 2021 (1 of 4)
This release is hands-down (as of 2021) the best physical release of this album. I even think the mastering is slightly better than the 192khz/24bit official digital download Blue Note put out (which I have), which is itself excellent and far better than many of the RVG mastered CDs (which I also have).
My guess (based purely on DR numbers which are inexact) is that this SACD and the 192khz download come from the same source.
Either way, this is just a lovely version of this album, and sounds better than any other version I've yet heard.
Comment by Downunderman - September 29, 2021 (2 of 4)
Issued in 2017 and swiftly OOP. I now regret not picking it up!
The Phonogram copyright symbol ℗ on the Obi. is for 2013. There was a SHM-CD issued that year in Japan which had 3 bonus tracks appended. Does this SHM-SACD also have those 3 bonus tracks?
Comment by Ben Leggett - September 29, 2021 (3 of 4)
@Downunderman It does not - 6 tracks, original/standard track listing, no bonuses.
Comment by Mark Werlin - March 2, 2023 (4 of 4)
Rest in peace, Wayne Shorter (August 25, 1933 – March 2, 2023).