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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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Wayne Shorter Celebration With Herbie Hancock and Terence Blanchard at SFJAZZ Center

Read "Wayne Shorter Celebration With Herbie Hancock and Terence Blanchard at SFJAZZ Center" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Wayne Shorter Trio and GuestsSFJAZZ Center San Francisco, CA January 3, 2019 Wayne Shorter could not be there but his trio made it. When illness prevented Shorter from making a four-night stand at SFJAZZ, organizers turned the dates into a celebration of his music. There are few better choices to kick off such an event than Shorter's longtime friend and collaborator Herbie Hancock. A trained classical pianist, Hancock performed with the Chicago Symphony ...

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Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2018

Read "Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

2018 was another year with too many favorites to choose from. I'm struck by the number of “extended ensembles" on my list: groups of eight or more, including a chamber orchestra plus jazz group. It was also an exceptionally good year for RareNoiseRecords, making it hard for me to stop at three albums. This list is in chronological order but not ranked. MMO-Ensemble Any Day Now Øra Fonogram Norwegian saxophonist/composer Martin Myhre Olsen's ...

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Wayne Shorter: Emanon

Read "Emanon" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

With his most trusted cohorts standing shoulder-to-shoulder with him--pianist Danilo Perez, ever-ready bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade--Wayne Shorter knows, beyond instinct, that any music he envisions will come to life. And inspire. And amaze. And so we have Emanon, a three-CD set whose first disc--four sweeping orchestral works recorded with the quartet and the 34-piece, player-conducted, innovative and expansive Orpheus Chamber Quartet--serves, in a rather loose way, as the cinematic soundtrack to the Shorter/Monica Sly-penned, Randy ...

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Wayne Shorter: Emanon

Read "Emanon" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Saxophonist/composer Wayne Shorter is a living jazz legend--his career includes stints with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, with trumpeter Miles Davis (including his last great quintet, as well as foundational fusion albums), and with fusion icon Weather Report--any one of which would be enough to give him a significant place in the history of the music. Throughout his career he has also produced influential work as a leader, going back to hard bop standards for Blue Note Records. So it is ...

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Wayne Shorter: Emanon

Read "Emanon" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Just the fifth release from Wayne Shorter's celebrated acoustic quartet in its near two-decade career, the triple-CD plus graphic novel that is Emanon marks something of a creative high point in its journey. The first CD, a four-part suite for quartet and the thirty-four-piece Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, is Shorter's first studio recording since Alegria (Verve, 2003), while the second and third discs capture the quartet live in London. The accompanying forty-eight page comic-book, co-written by Shorter and Monica Sly, with ...

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38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival

Read "38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival Hart Plaza Detroit, Michigan September 1-4, 2017 Those of us who have been following jazz music for a long time know that there are definite changes in the landscape these days that are having a major impact on the music scene. For starters, we recently have lost a large number of irreplaceable jazz greats making for a scene that is not quite as vibrant as it once was. Additionally, marketing ...

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Wayne Shorter Quartet at SFJAZZ

Read "Wayne Shorter Quartet at SFJAZZ" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Wayne Shorter Quartet SFJAZZSpring Season San Francisco, California April 27, 2017 To jazz fans Wayne Shorter needs no introduction. That evening, the first of a three-night stand at SFJAZZ, Director Randall Kline referred to him as “possibly the greatest composer in jazz" which is not an overstatement. For Shorter, who was lured from Art Blakey's group by Miles Davis, earned his reputation by burnishing gems such as “E.S.P.," “Footprints," “Sanctuary," “Nefertiti and “Prince ...


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