Preview: Wayne Shorter’s New Album
Wayne Shorter is one of the most purely original music creators to emerge in the 20th Century, and that’s putting him in some heavy company. As that century drew to a close, Wayne, famous for avoiding the travails of leading a band, assembled a quartet with Danielo Perez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade that exploded with empathy and spontaneity from day one, and remains one of the greatest and most stable groups in jazz over a dozen years later.
Wayne returns to Blue Note Records with the aptly titled “Without A Net” by the quartet, with highlights from its 2011 European tour including a 23-minute work “Pegasus,” on which they are joined by the Imani Winds. A magnificent album.