Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wayne Shorter - Face of the Deep

Wayne Shorter - Face of the Deep

This song is transcribed from Shorter's fourth Blue Note LP, The All Seeing Eye. Recorded in one day (October 15th, 1965), the record featured his most ambitious composing and arranging to date. Shorter's record-buying audience would have gone straight to this from 1965's Speak No Evil (recorded in December 1964); a huge musical leap, even considering the "missing links": The Soothsayer and Etcetera. I call these "missing links" because although these were recorded in March and June 1965 (respectively), they apparently weren't released until 1979 or 1980.

The material on The All Seeing Eye was written for septet. The group featured Shorter, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, trombonist Grachan Moncur III, alto saxophonist/flautist James Spaulding, and a rhythm section of pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Joe Chambers. (Wayne's brother Alan Shorter replaces Hubbard on the final selection, "Mephistopheles", a tune which was also recorded on the Marion Brown date which the JTA previously featured.)

Therefore, this transcription should be considered a "piano reduction" of whatever the actual score may have looked like.

This transcription is a collaborative effort between myself and Michael Malis, a pianist, composer and teacher living in Detroit. Mike's a good friend of mine -- we were both students of Geri Allen at the University of Michigan. You can learn more about him by checking out his website. Thanks for the collaboration, Mike! (For the record, Mike did the initial transcription. I made some edits, which Mike agreed with.)

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