Odyssey of Iska

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Odyssey of Iska
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Studio album by Wayne Shorter
Released June/July 1971
Recorded August 26, 1970
Studio A&R Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz, free jazz, jazz fusion
Length 39:27
Label Blue Note
BST 84363
Producer Duke Pearson
Wayne Shorter chronology
Moto Grosso Feio
Odyssey of Iska
Native Dancer

Odyssey of Iska is the fourteenth album by American jazz composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, released on Blue Note Records in 1971.

History and concept[edit]

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 percussionist/drummer on this album, Frank Cuomo, is the father of rock group Weezer's frontman, Rivers Cuomo.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

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."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Shorter, except "Depois do Amor, o Vazio" written by Bobby Thomas.

  1. "Wind" –8:00
  2. "Storm" –8:22
  3. "Calm" –3:25
  4. "Depois do Amor, o Vazio" (After Love, Emptiness) –11:40
  5. "Joy" –9:00



  1. ^ Yanow, Scott (2011). "Odyssey of Iska – Wayne Shorter | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed April 14, 2009.

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