The Wayne Shorter quartet (with pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade) formed in 2000. Though many now regard them as the best small jazz ensemble in the world and they tour most years, this is only their third album – and all three are live. Shorter (pictured), 80 this year, returns to Blue Note, the scene of many of his 1960s triumphs.
Jazz audiences have always been deeply respectful towards age, maturity and experience. The assumption glibly maintained in rock n’ roll that youthful energy is the lifeblood of all important music simply does not exist in the jazz world. For sure, there have been ‘young lions’ and, more recently, prodigious conservatoire students, but the great survivors of the music have a hallowed status that towers over all.
Wayne Shorter may be the most respected man in jazz—a member of the legendary Miles Davis ‘60s quintet, a brilliant leader of legendary Blue Note dates during the same time (Speak No Evil, 1964), an innovator and composer whose involvement with the music has spanned hard bop, Brazilian fusion, and then the jazz-rock of Weather Report. But he has also been the mystery man of jazz, in his tone and in his actions. He has always spoken in koans about his art, and when he left “mainstream” acoustic jazz to co-found Weather Report, he seemed to vanish from “serious” jazz for way too long.
Without a Net is Wayne Shorter's first Blue Note recording date since August 26, 1970, when he recorded Moto Grosso Feio and Odyssey of Iska. That's nearly 43 years. Shorter has pursued many paths since then, as a member of Weather Report, and as a bandleader. This quartet was assembled for a 2001 European tour and has been playing together ever since.
The jazz great evokes this music’s golden era on a new set of live songs. Marcus J. Moore 2013. Jazz great Wayne Shorter recently spoke to the heart of his genre. “The six years I was with Miles (Davis), we never talked about music,” he told National Public Radio in the US. “We never had a ….