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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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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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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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Wayne, Newk, 21st Century Tunes & A Vault Dive

Read "Wayne, Newk, 21st Century Tunes & A Vault Dive" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Our 2 features this week: quartet tracks from Wayne Shorter's Emanon (the Downbeat Magazine's Critics and Readers Poll best album of the year) and Sonny Rollins' monumental Saxophone Colossus. We've got 21st century music from four bass players and two Chicago trumpeters. And, of course, a waltz through the vaults with Fletcher Henderson, Bessie Smith, Charles Mingus and Jimmy Smith. Enjoy the show, tell your friends and keep the music strong. Hats off to our most active listeners ...

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Welcome to the Deep End

Read "Welcome to the Deep End" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

The boys contemplate the profundity of the abyss--or, at least, of some fairly serious third-streamy jazz releases, on this very “whoa, man" episode. A three-disc extravaganza from a feted musician on Blue Note, a challenging big-group project on the always challenging Intakt label, and a ballet score by jazz's favorite theoretician from the sixties make up the bulk of this one. Pop matters lightens things up a bit with discussions of Brian Eno and Donovan (Donovan?) and Pat's pocket review ...

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More Miles/Gallon

Read "More Miles/Gallon" reviewed by Marc Cohn

This week we return with a “Bitches Brew -Day 2" and a “compare and contrast" between two Wayne Shorter tunes (from Super Nova) versus Miles Davis (from Water Babies). But of course, there's more. We moon over Anita O'Day (a centennial warmup) and go to a hotel with Kenny Clarke keeping time on a phone book for Lennie Tristano and Charlie Parker. We catch up on our features with Blue Note's blues & boogie by Pete Johnson from 1939; classics ...

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Wayne Shorter: Etcetera

Read "Etcetera" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

The mid-sixties was an incredibly busy time for Wayne Shorter, who in 1965 had transitioned out of being Art Blakey's musical director into serving more or less the same roll for Miles Davis. By that point, he already had three Vee-Jay and two Blue Note leader dates under his belt and, in '65, he went on to record three more headliners on Blue Note--The Soothsayer, Etcetera and The All-Seeing Eye. Only the somewhat avant-garde Eye was released at ...


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