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John Patitucci: Brooklyn

Read "Brooklyn" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Il ritorno al passato di John Patitucci. Basterebbe il titolo, Brooklyn, per evocare esordi e gioventù del musicista statunitense, ma la scelta di utilizzare il solo basso elettrico in tutte e undici le tracce di questo nuovo album la dice lunga e ci libera da ogni possibile titubanza sulla direzione intrapresa dal bassista del Wayne Shorter ...

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Wayne Shorter Quartet: Without a Net

Read "Without a Net" reviewed by John Eyles

It is now well over a decade since legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter formed this quartet with Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade to tour and record Footprints Live! (Verve, 2001), an album which signaled the end of a period in the doldrums for Shorter and a cracking return to form. The energy and verve of ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Wayne Shorter Quartet: Without a Net

Read "Wayne Shorter Quartet: Without a Net" reviewed by John Kelman

Since convening a new quartet for the 2001 tour that resulted in Footprints Live! (Verve, 2002), soon-to-be-octogenarian saxophonist Wayne Shorter has found himself in the company of a group that's not just turned out to be, hands-down, his most exciting and exploratory acoustic ensemble in a career well into its sixth decade, but now, a dozen ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Wayne Shorter Quartet: Toronto, February 12, 2011

Read "Wayne Shorter Quartet:  Toronto, February 12, 2011" reviewed by Alain Londes

Wayne Shorter Quartet
Massey Hall
Toronto, Canada
February 12, 2011

During a recent NPR interview with Michelle Mercer, the author of Footprints: The Life and Music of Wayne Shorter (Tarcher, 2004) talked about how the saxophonist is still capable of keeping people interested through his continuous playing and writing. His quartet has not recorded ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Drummer/Singer/Songwriter Brian Blade Interviewed at AAJ

Drummer/Singer/Songwriter Brian Blade Interviewed at AAJ

Known in the jazz world for his slick and superlative drumming skills, Brian Blade is engaged in making other musical statements these days. Statements that are outside the jazz genre, but are an essential part of this enlightened man and serious musician whose musical tastes run “between Bela Bartok and Wayne Shorter to Al Green," who, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Brian Blade: Songs From His Heart

Read "Brian Blade: Songs From His Heart" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Known in the jazz world for his slick and superlative drumming skills, Brian Blade is engaged in making other musical statements these days. Statements that are outside the jazz genre, but are an essential part of this enlightened man and serious musician whose musical tastes run “between Bela Bartok and Wayne Shorter to Al Green," who, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Wayne Shorter Quartet: Beyond the Sound Barrier

Read "Beyond the Sound Barrier" reviewed by John Kelman

When saxophonist Wayne Shorter put together his first all-acoustic group since the '60s for a 2001 tour and live recording, Footprints Live!, it was an important confirmation that even one of the most significant artists of the past six decades could (and, perhaps, should) have something new to say. That first recording--featuring pianist Danilo Perez, bassist ...