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Wayne Shorter Quartet at National Concert Hall, Dublin

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Wayne Shorter Quartet National Concert Hall jny:Dublin, Ireland June 14, 2014 The rapturous applause that greeted the Wayne Shorter Quartet as it took to the stage of Dublin's National Concert Hall was a heart-felt show of appreciation for Shorter's immense contribution to jazz over the past six decades. From his role as artistic director in both drummer Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and trumpeter Miles Davis's second great quintet to his fourteen-year tenure alongside keyboardist Joe Zawinul in Weather Report, Shorter has been a key figure in shaping modern jazz. His particularly fertile creative ...

BEST OF / YEAR END

Mark F. Turner's Best of 2013

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Jazz keeps growing and evolving through all of its permutations and 2013 was another stellar year of music. It's always difficult to pick the best from a host of outstanding releases yet the task is a labor of admiration. Another cool thing about “Year End" lists is discovering something new. Here are just a few of my favorites and hopefully something yet to be discovered for those unfamiliar with these fine releases. Wayne Shorter Quartet Without a Net (Blue Note) At 80 years young, the esteemed jazz patriarch continues to ...

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Wayne Shorter: Portrait Of A Visionary

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To speak with Wayne Shorter can feel like an exercise in the mystical. At times, it's stream of consciousness, ideas flowing that can reach the profound; but the direction can switch suddenly. There are frequent references to films (Shorter is a lifelong movie buff), as well as books whose subject matter run from science to philosophy. The discourse is never delivered in holier-than-thou fashion, nor is it deliberate obfuscation. Its always congenial and conversational. And witty. Shorter looks at life with a sparkle in his eye. He's pretty much completed the special year of his 80th birthday, with ...

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Wayne Shorter Quartet at Philharmonie Essen

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Wayne Shorter Quartet Philharmonie Essen Essen, Germany November 8, 2013 Whatever waning stage of his career Wayne Shorter may occupy these days, a concert by his quartet remains one of jazz's premier performance attractions. It would be a stretch to say the senior statesman Shorter is playing better than ever or even equal to earlier eras, but at 80 years old, he is still consistently capable of brilliance. Maybe that's what makes his shows so special these days. Those new to the beautiful interior of Philharmonie Essen were bound to gaze ...

DISTRICT JAZZ

2013 Thelonious Monk Institute Competition

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The saxophone is the most iconic of jazz instruments. Its image is all that is needed to invoke the music's essence, its history intimately entangled with the cultural arc of American music and urban culture. Its masters are the most recognized outside jazz circles and its sound most closely identified with the art form. To many, jazz is defined by the sax and the sax defined by jazz. For that reason, it was fitting that this year's Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Saxophone Competition divested itself of much of its hallmark pageantry, opting instead for a paired back ...

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Wayne Shorter Quartet: Without a Net

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It is now well over a decade since legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter formed this quartet with Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade to tour and record Footprints Live! (Verve, 2001), an album which signaled the end of a period in the doldrums for Shorter and a cracking return to form. The energy and verve of the quartet's three younger players brought out the best of Shorter, a reminder why he deserved that “legendary" tag. A 2003 studio-recorded follow-up, Alegria (Verve), hedged its bets by mixing and matching the quartet with guest stars. In the years since, the ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wayne Shorter: Without a Net

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The cover art of Without a Net alone might raise a few eyebrows, but it's the music that proves saxophonist Wayne Shorter is still one of jazz's most ardent provocateurs. In his return to Blue Note after 43 years, Shorter--who turns 80 in 2013-- demonstrates his ongoing vitality and ingenuity as an extraordinary composer, improviser, and leader of one of today's strongest quartets. For over ten years, the seemingly telepathic and subliminal messages that Shorter, drummer Brian Blade, bassist John Patitucci and pianist Danilo Pérez communicate continue to inspire in these recordings largely captured from the quartet's European tour in ...



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