Adam's Apple (album)

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Adam's Apple
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1967[1]
RecordedFebruary 3 & 24, 1966
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
GenrePost-bop, hard bop
Length41:08 original LP
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. Recorded in 1966 and released in 1967, it included the first recording of his composition "Footprints", later recorded by the Miles Davis Quintet for the album Miles Smiles (1967). Shorter is featured with pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Joe Chambers. The CD release includes the Hancock composition "The Collector" (also known as "Teo's Bag") as a bonus track.[2]


Writing in Jazz Journal, Mark Gardner urged readers, "For goodness sake don’t miss this one." Gardner called the record "a tour de force for Shorter the soloist as distinct from Shorter the composer."[3]

A retrospective AllMusic review by Stacia Proefrock states, "it really does rank with the best of his output from this incredibly fertile period. 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."[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
All About Jazz[5]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[6]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[8]
Tom Hull – on the WebB+ ((3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention))[9]

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.



Chart performance for Adam's Apple
Chart (2022) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[10] 133


  1. ^ Billboard Nov 11, 1967
  2. ^ "Wayne Shorter – Adam's Apple (1967)". Discogs. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  3. ^ Jazz Journal 01/69: Wayne Shorter – Adam’s Apple, Jazz Journal. January 1969.
  4. ^ a b Proefrock, Stacia. Wayne Shorter - Adam's Apple (1967) album review, credits & releases. AllMusic. Accessed 2 August 2009.
  5. ^ Wayne Shorter - Adam's Apple (1967) album review by Greg Simmons at All About Jazz. April 26, 2017
  6. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 180. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  7. ^ "Wayne Shorter: Adam's Apple". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  8. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1296. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  9. ^ Hull, Tom (September 8, 2020). "Music Week". Tom Hull – on the Web. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  10. ^ " – Wayne Shorter / Herbie Hancock / Reginald Workman / Joe Chambers – Adam's Apple" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 28, 2022.

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