Wayne Shorter Quartet
‘To hell with the rules’. Those are the catchwords of jazz legend Wayne Shorter. After a more quiet period, he started a new promising acoustic quartet. The beginning of a second youth.
The 78 years old jazz legend, saxophonist and composer still appears to be youthful. As a lot of older jazz musicians, he is surrounded by younger, brilliant musicians. His previous concerts in Belgium showed an overwhelming relationship and explosive power between the band members. Piano player Danilo Perez is an absolute one man orchestra and bass player John Patitucci is essential for creating the ‘wow moments’ during concerts.
Wasn’t Wayne Shorter the saxophonist seriously wanted by Miles Davis? At that time, he was musical director at Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. In 1964, he joined the second legendary quintet of Miles Davis and stayed there until 1970. Wayne Shorter contributed to pioneer compositions such as ‘Nefertiti’, ‘E.S.P.’, ‘Pinocchio’, ‘Sanctuary’, ‘Fall’ and ‘Footprints’.
Wayne Shorter is responsible for different excellent albums as well. The albums ‘Speak No Evil’ (1964), ‘Juju’ (1964) and Adam’s Apple (1966) belong to his repertoire. In 1970, he founded the fusion band Weather Report. Together with Joe Zawinul, the band brought out some classical recordings such as ‘Sweetnighter’, ‘Mysterious Traveller’ and ‘Black Market’.