The lineup of the Jazz Messengers changed many times over the years as it nurtured and developed incandescent talents. Wayne Shorter joined the group in August 1959 after crossing paths with Lee Morgan.
Almost every Jazz Messengers album of the era features at least a couple Shorter compositions. “Children of the Night” appeared on Mosaic (1962), recorded in October of ‘61 for Blue Note in the Van Gelder studio. Lee Morgan had left the band by that point, replaced by Freddie Hubbard. Wayne Shorter exited the group in late 1964.
With Wayne Shorter’s passing, of those performing here only Reggie Workman remains with us.