Day 4 - Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, July 1, 2006
On the second portion, Lateef's playing, which on flute had been mysteriously soothing, became primal and earthy on tenor. If it is a wonder to see the almost 73-year old Shorter still playing at an unbelievable level, Lateef, at almost 86, is even more of a wonder. His tenor is strong and completely modern and the rapture of the Belmondos during his solo was evident. The remainder of the set - two tunes and an encore - was more traditional post-bop, almost swinging, but taken out by liberal use of unconventional wind instruments by Stephane Belmondo and Lateef, who is know for this. Another highlight of the set was a beautiful, if eerie, piano/Lateef tenor duet segment.
Jazz is the only musical form extant which is constantly celebrating its past and its "elder statesmen . When this celebration comes in the form of inventive and progressive players like Shorter and Lateef, still pushing the boundaries of the music they have been playing for multiple decades, it is easy to see why.