Speak No Evil (studio album) by Wayne Shorter

Speak No Evil by Wayne Shorter
Year: 1966
Overall rank: 1,459th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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81/100 (from 177 votes)
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Award Top 20 albums of 1966 (17th)
Award Top albums of the 1960s (152nd)
Award Best albums of all time (1,459th)
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81/100 (from 177 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.5/100, a mean average of 80.2/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.2.

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From 12/12/2023 23:40
If the review is over ten years old and the reviewer seems to have left the site a long time ago, I think we can agree it's fair game to make fun of the review as being completely stu...well, you know. So I will; someone needs to.

From below: "the sound on this album is (....) not particularly revolutionary." Lolling my ass off. Shorter's compositions changed jazz and this album was a huge part of that, it's a major album in jazz history. Look it up in Wikipedia to see some quotes, eg from the NYT jazz critic who included it in his book called, let's see, Jazz: A Critic's Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings.

That doesn't mean you have to like it, there's lots of "revolutionary" music, lots of landmark albums that I don't like. I happen to love this one, but I'm not looking for "revolutionary," I'm just looking for beautiful. But if you're going to be pompous and pretentious and say that your ears require "revolutionary" to meet your lofty standards, at least try to have the slightest idea what you're talking about. Got dang.
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From 07/08/2022 20:14
There are some fantastic compositions on here but also a few that miss the mark by a little way making for a slightly inconsistent listen on the whole. The performances on the stronger tracks are outstanding with the best moments coming on Witch Hunt, Speak No Evil and Infant Eyes. The title track is probably my favourite of the three as instrumentally it is just so powerful and emotive. The piano, trumpet and sax are at their peak as well on this track and absolutely command the music. When all of them are combined together and they are backed well on percussion and bass it makes for a beautiful composition. However, the other tracks I haven't mentioned do feel a bit empty in comparison and can get a little repetitive. They just lack the experimentation and energy of the other songs and could do with a bit more life injected into them. Overall, if this record was consistent it would be phenomenal but it can't do that so is held back in my opinion.
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90/100
From 04/08/2022 13:29
One of the classic HardBop albums from Blue Note. I love the Blue Note album covers.
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From 01/12/2019 22:24
This is a truly top shelf Shorter album that cemented his legacy as a composer as well as a player. His ability to both fuse and transcend multiple jazz subgenres here is remarkable.
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From 03/07/2017 06:12
This album is five stars. Wayne is a modern composer equal to any previous or current greats, and this work shows his talents unlike any other album of his, and there are many great albums by Wayne Shorter. The emotions that I feel when listening are of every identifiable type. The compositions are flawless, and timeless on this album. Jones drives the transitions as Jones was perfect at doing, and he keeps this album alive for me. Wayne's work, of which this album is the highlight, will always be timeless, and will always have a deep effect on my heart. I mentioned emotions. Shall I name them? No, that would be silly. But if you don't own this album, or haven't given it a proper listen at a proper time in your life, then you are missing an essential recording that undoubtedly has brought many musicians countless hours of joy. I'm going through this particular rating system, and finding a few albums that are low down on the ratings, and bringing these to the attention of the listener, so that others can understand how important this music is, and share my joy.

I hope I can run into Wayne some day. If I meet him I will try not to doat on his glorous past, as this may not be welcome. But I will definitely fall all over myself trying to relate to him just how he affected my well-being for so many years of listening. He is a living legend, and society fails to see this, but will some day recon with his greatness. Thank you Wayne Shorter.
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From 07/09/2012 14:06
Synthesising hard bop, modal jazz and free jazz, Shorter's brilliant compositions and tender ballads heralded in a new era of emotions in jazz music. Aided by the accomplished playing of Hubbard on horns, Hancock on piano, Carter on bass and Jones on drums, the sound on this album is melodically intense, albeit not particularly revolutionary.
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