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Live Review

Unhinging and Swinging Mythology at the Opera

Read "Unhinging and Swinging Mythology at the Opera" reviewed by Josef Woodard


Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding Broad Stage Southern California premiere of opera ...(Iphigenia) Santa Monica, CA February 19, 2022 When last I interviewed Wayne Shorter, in his panoramic view-endowed Hollywood Hills home, the ostensible primary subject was his then-new and ambitious three-disc-plus-graphic-novel project, Emanon. But his ever active, creatively restless mind kept drifting—as it is wont—to his music room, the laboratory for a grand project then obsessing him. That mega-project was his first opera, ...

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Building a Jazz Library

Wayne Shorter: An Essential Top Ten Albums

Read "Wayne Shorter: An Essential Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May


At the start of September 2021, trumpeter Terence Blanchard released Absence (Blue Note), dedicated to saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter, who for health reasons had recently been obliged to retire from performing, at least temporarily. Some people celebrating their eighty-eighth birthday, as Shorter did the previous month, might not welcome being the dedicatee of an album with such a title. They might consider a more appropriate choice of words to be Presence or even I'm Feeling Fine Thanks For Asking. ...

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Radio & Podcasts

The Legacy of Wayne Shorter

Read "The Legacy of Wayne Shorter" reviewed by Russell Perry


Wayne Shorter began composing for the Jazz Messengers in 1959 and over the past 60 years has amassed perhaps the most significant catalog of jazz compositions of his time. Many of his, roughly, one hundred compositions are standards of the current repertoire. In this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!, we'll explore recent renditions of his classic tunes by today's working artists. Playlist Host Intro 0:00 Michael Musillami -Rich Syracuse duo “One By One" from Of The Night ...

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Radio & Podcasts

50th Anniversary Blue Notes – August edition

Read "50th Anniversary Blue Notes – August edition" reviewed by Marc Cohn


During last month's Blue Note anniversary show we ran out of time. So this week we catch up with a Hank Mobley session for Blue Note from July 31, 1970 (well, that date was 'almost-August' anyway), after opening the show with mostly twenty-first century music. Then, it's on to Grant Green, live in Newark and Wayne Shorter's last twentieth century Blue Note date (and a Weather Report track for icing). We've also got BN-25 from James P. Johnson in our ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Weather Report - Zawinul, Shorter, Pastorius (1971 - 1976)

Read "Weather Report - Zawinul, Shorter, Pastorius (1971 - 1976)" reviewed by Russell Perry


By 1970, Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul were recognized as two of the finest hard bop composers and players having contributed the full range of their talents to The Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis Quintet (in Shorter's case) and the Cannonball Adderley Quintet (in Zawinul's). Both contributed to Davis' Bitches Brew sessions and in 1971 formed the supergroup Weather Report, one of the most popular, influential and long-lived fusion bands. Playlist Host Intro 0:00 Weather Report “Eurydice" from ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Sons of Miles – Shorter, Hancock, Williams (1964 - 1968)

Read "Sons of Miles – Shorter, Hancock, Williams (1964 - 1968)" reviewed by Russell Perry


During the five-year tenure of Miles Davis's Second Great Quintet (1963—1968), Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams were very active on their own projects, many of which included Ron Carter. Several of the resulting releases are classics of the period and laid the foundation for their significant careers after the Quintet broke up in 1968. The highly productive moonlighting of Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams in this hour of Jazz at 100. Playlist Host Intro ...

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Radio & Podcasts

School of Trane - Wayne Shorter, Archie Shepp, Charles Lloyd, Pharoah Sanders (1964 - 1969)

Read "School of Trane - Wayne Shorter, Archie Shepp, Charles Lloyd, Pharoah Sanders (1964 - 1969)" reviewed by Russell Perry


No tenor player cast a larger shadow over the 1960's than John Coltrane. Arguably, that time frame could be expanded to include all decades since, as well. Several contemporary tenor players who emerged as singular and important voices in the 1960s were specifically in his debt: his friend and colleague -Wayne Shorter, his protégé —Archie Shepp, his band mate—Pharoah Sanders, and his disciple—Charles Lloyd. Each in his own way, reflected Trane's characteristic tenor sound, his spirituality, his harmonic adventurism and ...


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