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Wayne Shorter

ABC Jazz is proud to be supporting the performance of the Wayne Shorter Quartet at the 2010 Adelaide Festival.

Wayne Shorter is considered a living legend in jazz. Born in 1933, he has spent a lifetime composing and performing. Shorter's tenor and soprano saxophone helped define the sound of such groups as Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Weather Report, and most notably Miles Davis' 'second quintet', which is regarded as one of the most influential groups in jazz history.

His latest release is Beyond the Sound Barrier and for his Adelaide Festival appearance, he is joined by the rhythm section from the album; Brian Blade (drums), John Patitucci (bass) and Danilo Perez (piano).

""We're playing a similar outline in different cities, but we're getting further and further away from anything sounding the same from night to night. These guys all have that kind of forward-looking attitude. They understand that it's OK to be vulnerable, to open oneself and take chances, and not be afraid of the unknown,'" says Shorter.

The Wayne Shorter Quartet plays at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre on March 6, 2010. The Festival itself runs February 26 to March 14.

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Wayne Shorter (born August 25, 1933) is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Jazz critic Ben Ratliff of the New York Times has described Shorter as "probably jazz's greatest living small-group composer and a contender for greatest living improviser." Many of Shorter's compositions have become jazz standards. His output has earned worldwide recognition, critical praise and various...

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On Nov 17, 2010. 7:57am
Ian Shephard said

spot on Shelley,

I still think about the amazing talent, and the incredible journey Wayne and co, took us on that night.

Perhaps one of the most wonderful concert experiences I have ever had,

and like all things of great beauty and artistry,...... lingers, stays with me , still!

Ian

On Mar 10, 2010. 10:08am
ABC Jazz said

Thanks for that comprehensive review Shelley. Glad you enjoyed the gig!

On Mar 7, 2010. 11:42am
Shelley said

I attended the Adelaide concert. Shorter displayed what he is more recently known for, namely economy of notes and the encouragement of melodic passages. The first number, lasting a whopping 70 minutes, took the audience on a veritable journey, lingering at various points of interest to explore the terrain. The episodic nature of the improvisation saw the group get excited about an interesting rhythm, and hang around to explore it fully, before meandering off to the next point of excitement, perhaps an interesting melody, harmony, sound, or 'conversation'. In one memorable episode, the bass player employed a bow in classical music style to explore a soulful, evocative melody, that was sensitively accompanied by piano. Shorter led the group to the softest of whispers, exploring tender, husky tones, with his companions employing their instruments in different ways to match his mood. Outbursts from the drums caused an interplay of comments from bass and piano, with Shorter tempting and teasing with rapid single note comments. The musicians are clearly masters of their instruments, and revelling in improvisation of melody, harmony, rhythm, sound and alternative use of their instruments. The group received a tumultuous standing ovation from the Adelaide audience.

On Feb 28, 2010. 11:12pm
ben said

next week, a-reserve seats. cannot wait.

On Feb 22, 2010. 12:18pm
ABC Jazz said

Thanks for the story Voytek...!

On Feb 21, 2010. 11:43pm
VOYTEK said

Long time ago I was pleased to see and hear Wayne Shorter playing together with Joe Zavinul,Jacko Pastorius & co.under name of Weather Report.It was 1983,just a few days before I left Europe to live forever in Australia.Weather Report was and is in my heart forever (like "Return to Forever").

On Jan 28, 2010. 10:27am
ABC Jazz said

Yeah - what a career!

On Jan 22, 2010. 3:57pm

shorter's "sound barrier" is outstanding. People unfamiliar with jazz will love this amazing album. Grammy winner 2006 (I think)
His work dates from bitches brew and earlier ...but he is not yesterday's man.

On Jan 2, 2010. 12:21pm
ABC Jazz said

We're jealous!

On Dec 31, 2009. 8:14pm
Ian Shephard said

plane ticket, accomodation, and concert ticket , booked already

can't wait

wow!!

On Nov 23, 2009. 12:28am
Joachim said

excellent news!

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