Odyssey of Iska
|Odyssey of Iska|
|Studio album by Wayne Shorter|
|Recorded||August 26, 1970|
|Studio||A&R Studios, New York City|
|Genre||Jazz, free jazz, jazz fusion|
|Wayne Shorter chronology|
History and concept
Odyssey of Iska was the outcome of the second recording session with Shorter that was produced by Duke Pearson (Nevertheless, Moto Grosso Feio was not issued until 1974.) With the exception of Ron Carter there was a completely different line-up, although with a similar instrumentation: Shorter's saxophone as the only horn, guitar instead of keyboards, two double bass players, and various percussion instruments including marimba and vibraphone. The same emphasis on percussion is also found on a recording date led by Joe Zawinul only some two weeks before, on August 10, where Wayne Shorter had a guest appearance on "Double Image" (released on Zawinul).
Wayne Shorter had just married Ana Maria Patricio, whom he had met four years earlier. The name "Iska" in the album title refers to their daughter. She was born around the time the record was made.
The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states "On the verge of joining Weather Report (referred to in the liner notes as "Weather Forecast"), it is not surprising that Shorter's originals include titles such as "Wind", "Storm", and "Calm". These moody works were never covered by other jazz players but they work quite well in this context, launching melancholy flights by Shorter."
All compositions by Shorter, except "Depois do Amor, o Vazio" written by Bobby Thomas.
- "Wind" –8:00
- "Storm" –8:22
- "Calm" –3:25
- "Depois do Amor, o Vazio" (After Love, Emptiness) –11:40
- "Joy" –9:00
- Wayne Shorter – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
- Gene Bertoncini – guitar
- Ron Carter, Cecil McBee – bass
- Billy Hart, Alphonse Mouzon – drums
- Frank Cuomo – drums, percussion
- David Friedman – vibraphone, marimba