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 ...read more
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 ...read more
Wayne Shorter QuartetMassey HallToronto, CanadaFebruary 12, 2011 During a recent NPR interview with Michelle Mercer, the author of Footprints: The Life and Music of Wayne Shorter (Tarcher, 2004) talked about how the saxophonist is still capable of keeping people interested through his continuous playing and writing. His quartet has not recorded together in years, and yet, what defines these musicians is less about releasing albums than intersecting musicality in performance. At the center of all of this is Shorter--who, at this stage in his career, veers more towards personal reflection.Shorter's rhythm section--each one ...read more
Wayne Shorter Quartet with NEC PhilharmoniaJordan Hall, New England ConservatoryBoston, MassachusettsOctober 24, 2009 Crushing waves, pound against jagged stone. Water breaks into spotted foam, falling, rising, then pounding again. The sounds splash and spray, captivating a stunned and silent audience. The Wayne Shorter Quartet took the stage for the final performance of the New England Conservatory's 40th anniversary celebration of jazz studies. For its second set, the Quartet was accompanied by the NEC Philharmonia, conducted by Hugh Wolff. The results were noteworthy. I knew Wayne had been performing with ...read more
Jazz Weekend In Old YorkThe National Centre For Early MusicYork, England November 21-23, 2008England's deeply historical city of York is far from being a jazz nexus, but its main alternative music venue does have an ongoing policy of presenting one--off gigs in an atmospheric converted church space. The National Centre For Early Music also runs a specialized Jazz Weekend at least twice each year, usually focusing on significant artists on the UK scene, although rarely venturing across international waters. This small-scale activity can't really compare to the bigger, wider spreads of action in nearby Leeds ...read more
When Wayne Shorter put a new working acoustic jazz band together in 2001, there were two possible outcomes that his fans and listeners could have expected: 1) Nice! Wayne Shorter is going to finally bring back is innovative style of playing and band-leading with new, original compositions that just might rival his composing power demonstrated during his tenures with the Miles Davis band in the mid-1960s, the Weather Report and the V.S.O.P. reunion quartet of the 1970s," or 2) Ah, I see Mr. Shorter is bored and in need of some cash."
As most listeners of Shorter well know by ...read more
University of Southern California September 8, 2000
The evening began slowly with still another version of the Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras Number 5, the quintet accompanied by twelve cellos and a bass. Shorter on soprano sax took the role of the soprano voice in the original. The remainder of the first half was rendered by the quintet. Mascalero, barely recognizable from the 1967 original with Miles Davis, was distinguished by light-fingered, mulitextured drumming from Carrington and Acuna, a particularly complimentary team. They gave the music a sense continual momentum throughout the concert. Meldau's piano solo, finely percussive ...read more
The John Harms Center for the Arts (Englewood, NJ) October 2000
These two giants began their duo conclave with some topical humor. Sauntering relaxedly onto the stage, Hancock and Shorter took up positions near their respective microphones. Hancock welcomed the audience and said, We’re going to begin this evening with...." Shorter interjected: A debate." Caught off guard, Hancock laughed and then replied, But who’s the fish and who’s da bait?" Groaning its response to the pun, the audience settled in for heady music-making by two of jazz’s most important living masters.Quite unlike most of what ...read more
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