The main reason I think this LP is underated is because its main strength did not lie in amazing solo performances like on LP's such as Miles Davis's Kind of Blue and Coltrane's Love Supreme. The main strength of this album is Shorter's compositional genius. The ability of the band to turn in awesome and memorable performances while at the same time being so reserved and structured is what make this album so wonderful.
The entire LP gets heavy play from me, but I will try to highlight what I think are the it's best offerings. "Dance Cadaverous" is one of the best jazz compositions ever recorded and its alternate take, which is also on this LP, is even more stunning. Shorter and Freddie Hubbard are unbelievable on this track, Hancock's performance on this track is equally unforgettable. As good as "Dance" is the track that made me realize just how amazing Shorter is was "Infant Eyes". Every note on this performance is perfectly placed. Shorter and Hancock are the stars on this one. Everytime I hear Hancock's solo intro, and then Shorter's entrance I fall in love with the track all over again. These two turn in nothing short of brilliant performances.
I could go On and On but I will wrap this up. Get this CD. You can't be serious about jazz and not have this one in your collection.
7 stars for this one no less.
I don't mean to detract from the greatness of this recording, but I think credit must be given where it's due. Lee Morgan should be acknowledged. If you are a serious jazz fan, consider buying "Search For The New Land" as well.
I can't figure why this album seems to sometimes be lumped in with the "avant-garde", because all... Read more