The Soothsayer

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The Soothsayer
The Soothsayer.jpg
Studio album by Wayne Shorter
Released 1979
Recorded March 4, 1965
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre post-bop
Length 50:21
Label Blue Note
LT 988
Producer Alfred Lion
Wayne Shorter chronology
Speak No Evil
The Soothsayer
Et Cetera

The Soothsayer is the seventh album by Wayne Shorter, recorded in 1965, but not released on Blue Note until 1979.[1] The album features five originals by Shorter and an arrangement of Jean Sibelius' "Valse Triste". An additional take of "Angola" was added to later CD releases.


The Allmusic review by Stacia Proefrock awarded the album 4½ stars stating "it ranks with the best of his works from this incredibly fertile period".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Wayne Shorter except where noted.

  1. "Lost" – 7:20
  2. "Angola" – 4:56
  3. "The Big Push" – 8:23
  4. "The Soothsayer" – 9:40
  5. "Lady Day" – 5:36
  6. "Valse Triste" (Jean Sibelius) – 7:45
  7. "Angola" [Alternate Take] – 6:41



  1. ^ Wayne Shorter discography accessed August 3, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Proefrock, S. Allmusic Review accessed August 3, 2011.
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 180. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.