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Album Review

Alan Shorter: Mephistopholes To Orgasm Revisited

Read "Mephistopholes To Orgasm Revisited" reviewed by Chris May

It is often said of a musician, be they alive or no longer with us, that they deserve to be better known. This is emphatically true of the wayward trumpeter and composer Alan Shorter, who was overshadowed during his lifetime by his brother, Wayne Shorter, and who continues to be passed over today in 2024. Some responsibility for his obscurity lies with Alan Shorter himself. Known as Doc Strange to his teenage schoolmates in Newark, New Jersey, ...

Radio & Podcasts

1974 with Soft Machine, Passport, Flora Purim and Stanley Clarke

Read "1974 with Soft Machine, Passport, Flora Purim and Stanley Clarke" reviewed by Len Davis

1974 Part 2 -50 years ago with Volker Kriegel, Wayne Shorter, George Duke, Passport, Soft Machine, Flora Purim, Santana, Horace Arnold, Stanley Clarke and John Abercrombie. Playlist Volker Kriegel “Mild Maniac" from Mild Maniac (MPS) 00:00 Wayne Shorter “Beauty And The Beast" from Native Dancer (CBS) 06:29 George Duke “Psychomatic Dung" from Faces in Reflection (MPS) 12:56 Passport “Eternal Spiral" from Looking Thru (ATCO) 19:38 Soft Machine “Nettle Bed" from Seven (CBS) 26:08 Flora Purim “Silver Sword" from ...


The Electric Years Box Set

Read "The Electric Years Box Set" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

In a year that has brought us a true bounty of previously unheard majesty including Evenings at the Village Gate: John Coltrane with Eric Dolphy (Impulse!), and Bill Evans; Treasures: Solo, Trio & Orchestra Recordings from Denmark (1965-1969), (Elemental Music) it is only fitting that Miles Davis get his due. And in a very, very big way. Seared into modern memory, modern art, the music presented on the gloriously massive, eleven LP set Miles Davis: The Electric Years ...

Film Review

Impressions of Zero Gravity

Read "Impressions of Zero Gravity" reviewed by AAJ Staff

We published Peter Jones's review of Zero Gravity the other week, but other staffers wanted to share their thoughts on the Wayne Shorter documentary, so we collected them and presented them here. Ellen Johnson Zero Gravity, the documentary chronicling the life and music of jazz icon Wayne Shorter, surpasses the boundaries of conventional biographical films. It explores the mystical and philosophical dimensions that shaped Shorter's extraordinary journey. His fusion of spiritual beliefs with an insatiable curiosity about the ...

Radio & Podcasts

Celebrating Citizen Wayne Shorter And New Releases

Read "Celebrating Citizen Wayne Shorter And New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

There are all new releases on this show, with a great compilation of Wayne Shorter's music from the Posi-Tone label. In addition there are new albums from Francisco Mela & Jonathan Reisin, Ivo Perelman & Nate Wooley, Todd Mosby, Hutchinson Andrew Trio, Itamar Borochov, Elina Duni with Rob Luft plus Matthieu Michel & Fred Thomas, Matt Rollings Trio, Nevaris, The Man From Atlantis, Sara Serpa & Andre Matos, Daniel Carter with Adriana Camacho & Federico Ughi, Camila Nebbia, Josh Cole, ...

Film Review

Leaving Planet Earth: Amazon's Wayne Shorter Documentary Zero Gravity

Read "Leaving Planet Earth: Amazon's Wayne Shorter Documentary Zero Gravity" reviewed by Peter Jones

Wayne Shorter: Zero Gravity Director: Dorsay Alavi 2023 Wayne Shorter was brought up in the belief that he could achieve anything he wanted to: there should be no barriers to his ambition. This three-part documentary--a true labor of love from director Dorsay Alavi--shows us that Shorter was far more than a musician. In the first part (or portal), we see Shorter and his brother Alan, portrayed in black and white by a pair of ...

History of Jazz

Shut Up, He Explained: On Talking Heads In Jazz Flicks

Read "Shut Up, He Explained: On Talking Heads In Jazz Flicks" reviewed by Con Chapman

As an avid watcher of jazz documentaries, my thoughts on the genre may be summed up by the words of two of my favorite writers, Raymond Carver and Ring Lardner. Carver named his first short story collection “Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?--the words are spoken by a character named Ralph to his wife Marian, who has confessed to cheating on him in the story of the same name. From Jazz by Ken Burns and Geoffrey Ward to ...


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