Adam and his apple
The “Adam’s apple”, taken from the tree of knowledge, is the image that we all use to explain and tell the immense “thirst” of knowing that man has for millennia.
Here is the feeling of this album Adam’s Wayne Shorter’s Apple is that of wanting to satisfy that “thirst”, at least in part, looking for new expressive techniques, emotional forms that give life to the images that the notes themselves suggest.
A record that takes you by the hand and has the desire to go for a walk of enveloping harmonies and warm rhythms. The same thirst for knowledge that we have in tasting a good wine.
The first track which gives name to the album, is full of vitality and exudes a curiosity and a desire for discovery, just to recall the story of the Adam’s apple.
The second song is titled 502 Blues (Drinkin ‘& Drivin’) and appears calm and rational, but paying attention to Shorter’s way of playing, it seems to be next to a drunk driving, who mumbles and mutters nonsense words.
El Gaucho, the third song, is another rhythmic and lively piece, great for when you want to take a nice walk in joy.
The fourth song, Footprints, is a rather stealthy and quiet song, very relaxing but also technically complex.
Teru is the most relaxing piece of the album. Shorter’s saxophone whispers adorable melodies full of passion, a piece that will make you fall in love with the most sensitive part of this extraordinary artist.
With Chief Crazy Horse you resume your shoulders and torso, but moderately. It is a rather lively but very composed piece, since we are at the home of the ‘boss’.
The outputs of the four instrumentalists are rather calibrated, as you can feel in the air, but despite this they are free and full of emotionality.
The last piece, The Collector, is a piece by the pianist Herbert Hancock and is a piece of absolute bop mold, full of technical virtuosity by the four members of the group: Wayne Shorter, Herbert Hancock, Reginald Workman and Joe Chambers.
The fact that the piece was put at the end of the album I interpret it as a liberating sign towards some oppressions described in the various tracks of the album, closing this in the same way it was started