At eighty, Shorter commands the sort of respect and devotion reserved for very few living jazz musicians. Perhaps only tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins enjoys the same degree of adulation in jazz circles, but no band, arguably in any genre of music, burns with quite the improvisational intensity of Shorter’s quartet of nearly fifteen years standing. A band of spellbinding intuition, with an absolute commitment to the spirit of discovery, it has had an incalculable influence on the practice of jazz in the 21st century The New York Times
One of the most influential saxophonists and composers in the pantheon of modern music, let alone jazz, saxophonist Wayne Shorter celebrates his 80th terrestrial year in 2013. Regarded as a pioneer since his emergence in the 1950’s, Shorter’s trajectory has restlessly embodied continual exploration and unencumbered momentum. An entire generation of musicians and fans alike see and hear him as a humble master who has created a timeless vocabulary – as vital as it is unbound. He performs at the Hall with his all-star quartet featuring Danilo Pérez (piano), John Patitucci (double bass), Brian Blade (drums).
Shorter recently re-signed to Blue Note Records, releasing his first album as a leader for the iconic label in 43 years. Without A Net is a searing new album with his long-running Wayne Shorter Quartet. Reviews of the group’s recent live performances are exercises in superlative overload. Calling it “the most skillful, mutually attuned and fearlessly adventurous small jazz group on the planet,” The Guardian (UK) said that the quartet “celebrates humanity’s hope for harmony.”
It’s the latest in a series of urgent reminders that Shorter’s present-tense evolution is as impressive as his past triumphs. Time Out New York
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