Adam's Apple (album)

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Adam's Apple
Adams Apple album.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1967[1]
RecordedFebruary 3 & 24, 1966
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
LabelBlue Note
BST 84232
ProducerAlfred Lion
Wayne Shorter chronology
The All Seeing Eye
Adam's Apple

Adam's Apple is the tenth album by post-bop jazz artist Wayne Shorter. Released in 1967, it included the first recording of his composition "Footprints", later recorded by the Miles Davis Quintet on the album Miles Smiles. The CD release includes the bonus track "The Collector", written by Herbie Hancock.[2]


The Allmusic review by Stacia Proefrock states "it really does rank with the best of his output from this incredibly fertile period. From the first moments when Shorter's sax soars out in the eponymous opening track, with its warmth and roundness and power, it is hard not to like this album. It might not be turning as sharp of a corner stylistically as some of his earlier works, like Speak No Evil, but its impact is only dulled by the fact that Shorter has already arrived at the peak of his powers. Taken in isolation, this is one of the great works of mid-'60s jazz, but when Shorter has already achieved a unique performance style, compositional excellence, and a perfectly balanced relationship with his sidemen, it is hard to be impressed by the fact that he manages to continue to do these things album after album. But Shorter does shine here, while allowing strong players like Herbie Hancock to also have their place in the sun".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Wayne Shorter except where noted.

  1. "Adam's Apple" – 6:49
  2. "502 Blues (Drinkin' and Drivin')" (Jimmy Rowles) – 6:34
  3. "El Gaucho" – 6:30
  4. "Footprints" – 7:29
  5. "Teru" – 6:12
  6. "Chief Crazy Horse" – 7:34
  7. "The Collector" (Herbie Hancock) – 6:54 Bonus track on CD reissue

Recorded on February 3 (#1) and February 24 (all others), 1966.



  1. ^ Billboard Nov 11, 1967
  2. ^ "Wayne Shorter – Adam's Apple". Discogs. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b Proefrock, S. Allmusic Review accessed 2 August 2009
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 180. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  5. ^ "Wayne Shorter: Adam's Apple". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 7 May 2018.