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December 19, 2004

Footprints: The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter

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By JOHN KELMAN

Michelle Mercer Footprints: The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter Tarcher/Penguin ISBN1-58542-353-X 2004

Saxophonist Wayne Shorter has often appeared to be something of an enigma. From his early days with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers through his tenure with Miles Davis' second quintet, and from his years with the ground-breaking fusion group Weather Report to his current acoustic group with pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Pattituci and drummer Brian Blade, Shorter's writing has been characterized by a complex and cerebral harmonic nature while his playing, occasionally appearing deceptively tentative, at other times powerful ...

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December 13, 2004

Footprints: The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter

By BOB JACOBSON

Michelle Mercer Footprints: The Life and Music of Wayne Shorter Tarcher ISBN 158542353X 2004 Consider the length and breadth of Wayne Shorter's career - nearly half a century playing and composing, long tenures with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis, Weather Report, forays into Brazilian, folk-rock, symphonic composition and more. Consider the unusual perspective that Wayne Shorter brings to performance and composition. He calls his work “musical motion pictures without movies", tells pianist Danilo Perez to “put more water in those chords" and says he is “now ...

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December 13, 2004

Footprints: The Life and Music of Wayne Shorter

By ANDREY HENKIN

Michelle Mercer Footprints: The Life and Music of Wayne Shorter Tarcher ISBN 158542353X 2004 In Footprints , author Michelle Mercer has accomplished a rare feat: a concise, absolutely compelling biography of a jazz legend that illuminates without overwhelming and recreates scenes and conversations convincingly. Wayne Shorter, intergral to anyone's definition of small group jazz, whether it be from the Art Blakey model or that of Miles Davis, may be jazz' last great conceptualist. Anyone who gets the rare chance to see him perform is only getting a ...

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