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The Soothsayer

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The Soothsayer
Studio album by
RecordedMarch 4, 1965
StudioVan Gelder, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
LabelBlue Note
LT 988;
CDP 7 84443 2
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.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Tom HullB+[4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[5]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[3]

Reviewing a 1990 reissue, the Chicago Tribune noted that "the result is hard-driving and as edgy as the time at which it was made."[6] The AllMusic review by Stacia Proefrock stated that "it ranks with the best of his works from this incredibly fertile period".[2]

Track listing[edit]

Original release (1979)

All compositions by Wayne Shorter except where noted.
A1. "Lost" – 7:12
A2. "Angola" – 4:48
A3. "The Big Push" – 8:18
B1. "The Soothsayer" – 9:35
B2. "Lady Day" – 5:31
B3. "Valse Triste" (Jean Sibelius) – 7:37

Bonus track on CD reissue (1990)

7. "Angola" [alternate take] – 7:35



  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. ^ "Tom Hull: Grade List: Wayne Shorter". Tom Hull. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1296. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  6. ^ Fuller, Jack (15 July 1990). "Hard-driving classics from Wayne Shorter". Arts. Chicago Tribune. p. 20.