The Soothsayer

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The Soothsayer
The Soothsayer.jpg
Studio album by
RecordedMarch 4, 1965
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
LabelBlue Note
LT 988
ProducerAlfred 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". The featured musicians are trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, alto saxophonist James Spaulding, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Tony Williams.


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
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[3]
Tom HullB+[5]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[6]

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., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. pp. 180. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ "Wayne Shorter: The Soothsayer". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Tom Hull: Grade List: Wayne Shorter". Tom Hull. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  6. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1296. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.