The All Seeing Eye (180gm Analogue Tone Poet Edition)
Format: LP, Vinyl
‘The All-Seeing Eye’ was Wayne Shorter’s fourth Blue Note album and was his most adventurous to date. The septet features a four-man horn section with the addition of Wayne’s brother Alan on trumpet to make five on one track. Alongside Wayne on tenor, James Spaulding features on alto saxophone, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and flugelhorn and Grachun Moncur III on trombone to complete the horns. The rhythm section includes Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass) and Joe Chambers (drums). The album begins with the title song, a thought-provoking piece that extolls the all-seeing power of God as perceived by Shorter. The tenor saxophonist and Hancock offer solos of power and depth. The intro to ‘Genesis’ is a straightforward Blues before the listener is taken on a prolonged voyage of discovery into the avant-garde. The rapid ‘Chaos’ opens side two and is a straight up Blues with Hancock’s inventive piano underpinning Shorter’s and Hubbard’s fiery solos. The reflective ‘Face Of The Deep’ has a mournful countenance and is a welcome break from the frenetic music that proceeds it. The album’s finale, the dark ‘Mephistopheles’ penned by his brother, is doom laden prophecy of evil and its dangers. All other tracks are composed by Wayne Shorter. This divinely inspired concept album is an ambitious project that for the most part works and reflects the tumultuous times of its recording (October 1965) and the contemporary state of Free Jazz.