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Wayne Shorter Quartet
At 78, Wayne Shorter stands alone as the greatest living jazz composer, a worthy peer of Ellington, Monk or anyone else. He is also one of jazz history’s most influential saxophonists, along with Coltrane, Brecker and very few others. So, how do we describe someone so truly god-like? Shorter honed his composing and arranging skills during a prolific five- year stint with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, bringing sophistication
to the forceful hard bop sound. Answering Miles Davis’s early ‘60s call, he completed the era’s definitive quintet with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams, providing now classic compositions such as “E.S.P.,” “Nefertiti” and “Footprints.” At the same time, Shorter recorded a series of hugely influential albums for Blue note including Juju and Speak No Evil that gave jazz a new harmonic vocabulary. For his next revolutionary act he teamed up with keyboard genius Joe Zawinul to form the pioneering fusion group Weather Report, an incredibly fruitful partnership (1971-85) thought by many to be the most exciting electric band of all time. Over the ensuing decades Shorter has worked in various settings, winning multiple grammy awards along the way. In recent years he has led a cohesive quartet with pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade, some of today’s most prominent jazz musicians. Wayne Shorter continues to blaze brilliant new trails, opening up new territory that will keep listeners busy for years to come. If there ever was a “jazz giant” it is him.
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tenor & soprano saxophones
Danilo Perez piano
John Patitucci bass
Brian Blade drums