It seems since forever that saxophonist Wayne Shorter has been composing some of the coolest and most interesting music out there. He was a member of one of the great Miles Davis quintets, he co-founded Weather Report, made great forays into Brazilian music, and is still going strong.
This tune, Fee Fi Fo Fum, is a particular favorite of mine.
A couple of things to listen for: note that the trumpet and sax play the melody in unison for a few bars and then the sax splits off…listen carefully for the weird harmony Wayne plays underneath the trumpet…pure Wayne.
Also, check out both Wayne’s sax solo and Herbie Hancocks on piano. Wayne is such a composer, the way he chooses the notes so carefully, almost kind of testing them out and deciding, “Yeah, that works…”
And Herbie is so damn loose and relaxed. Incredibly interesting harmonically, but never loses the feel of the thing.
Or better yet, ignore all that and just enjoy! And have a great holiday weekend too.
(Back to Bach next Friday…a good friend was more than a little annoyed that I started out with the Italian Concerto and not the B-Minor Mass…I tell you, it’s hard to please the customers in this blogging biz.)