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Celebrate Wayne Shorter

Updated: Jan 11

Wayne Shorter (August 25, 1933 – March 2, 2023)

American jazz saxophonist and composer. Wayne Shorter appeared in the late 1950s as a member of, and eventually primary composer for, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.

In the 1960s, he joined Miles Davis's second quintet and then co-founded the jazz fusion band Weather Report. He recorded over 20 albums as a bandleader and leaves behind a library of jazz standards that place him among the very greatest players of all time.

Click on the image to link to a playlist of five of my favourite Wayne Shorter recordings:

Speak No Evil (1966) A lyrical offering with a little help from his friends Elvin Jones (drums), Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass) and Freddie Hubbard (trumpet)

The Classic Blue Note Recordings (2011) The title says it all: this is about the best compact collection available of Shorter's classic period recording for this iconic label.

Introducing Wayne Shorter (1959) - His first recording as a bandleader, already a unique presence on sax.

Bitches Brew (with Miles Davis Quintet, 1970) A seminal album in jazz history, Bitches Brew defined the jazz-rock fusion. His partners in crime included Joe Zawinul (organ), Airto Moreira (cuica, percussion), John McLaughlin (guitars), Chick Corea (electric piano), Jack DeJohnette (drums), Dave Holland (bass), Don Alias (congas, drums, percussion), Bennie Maupin (bass clarinet), Larry Young (electric piano), and Lenny White (drums).

Heavy Weather (with Weather Report, 1977) Another jazz-rock fusion album, this time in company with Joe Zawinul, Jaco Pastorius (bass), Alex Acuna (drums) and Manolo Badrena (percussion).

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