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The Music of Wayne Shorter

“He’s at the highest level of our music—you can’t get any higher than him.” So says Wynton Marsalis of the legendary saxophonist, composer, and band leader Wayne Shorter. With a legendary career spanning over 60 years, the 11-time GRAMMY award winner (including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy) has released countless classic records and amassed a canon of lyrical, introspective music that stands up to the greatest jazz composers. In 2015, the formidable 81-year-old joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis onstage for three unforgettable nights; the result is The Music of Wayne Shorter, out Jan. 31 on CD and digital formats.

The Music of Wayne Shorter

Album Info

Ensemble JLCO with Wynton Marsalis
Release Date January 31st, 2020
Record Label Blue Engine Records
Catalogue Number BE0023
Formats CD, Digital Download
Genre Jazz at Lincoln Center Recordings

Track Listing

Track Length Preview
Yes or No 10:20 Play
Diana 7:40
Hammer Head 7:43
Contemplation 7:21
Endangered Species 7:52 Play
Lost 10:03
Armageddon 10:28
The Three Marias 8:10
Teru 5:03
Mama “G” 13:04

Liner Notes

With a legendary career spanning over 60 years, Wayne Shorter’s influence as both a composer and saxophonist of unbounded imagination has inspired countless artists around the world. On upcoming Blue Engine release The Music of Wayne Shorter, Shorter’s playing and composing finally gets the big band backdrop it deserves in the form of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

In the album’s liner notes, renowned bassist, bandleader, and Jazz Night in America host Christian McBride reflects on Shorter’s unique ability to draw inspiration from unlikely sources:

“There are two stories that come to mind that exemplify the imagination and daring that Wayne Shorter brought to his career as a composer and bandleader. The first was told to me by pianist Renee Rosnes and involves her first rehearsal with Wayne’s group in the late 1980s. As the musicians gathered in Wayne’s rehearsal room, he asked them to first sit and watch the Ridley Scott classic Alien. Midway through the viewing, Wayne got up to pause the tape just as the famous, gory scene of an alien bursting through a human chest unfolded. As most of the band sat squirming in their seats while this bloody creature was frozen on the screen, Wayne pointed at it and said, “THIS… is how I want this band to sound.”

The second story happened in 2002, when I played a performance with Wayne Shorter’s quartet in Den Haag. Upon my arrival, I was quite trepidatious about the gig, as I wasn’t going to have much time to rehearse with the quartet. I called Wayne in his hotel room to let him know I arrived. When I shared my fear of playing with him unrehearsed, Wayne paused and said, “If I remember, you’re a big comedy fan, right? Well, play that. Play me some comedy.” What I learned from Wayne is that, with a strong imagination (and skill), uncharted territory becomes less intimidating… and sometimes quite fun.”

The Music of Wayne Shorter is out 1/31 on CD and digital formats. Pre-order it today and read the full liner notes as soon as it’s out!

Credits

Recorded live at Frederick P. Rose Hall (New York City) on May 14-16, 2015

Front of House Engineer: David Robinson
Recording Engineers: Rob Macomber For SiriusXM and James P. Nichols
Mixing Engineer: Todd Whitelock at Amplified Art and Sound
Editor: Gloria Kaba
Production Assistant: Wes Whitelock
Mastered by: Mark Wilder At Battery Studios, Nyc 2019
Label Head And A&R: Gabrielle Armand
Label Manager: Aaron Bisman
Art Direction & Design: Brian Welesko
Illustrations: Paul Rogers
Legal: Daphnée Saget Woodley, Wesley Friedman, and Allison Job

Assistant Label Manager: Jake Cohen
Product Manager: Madeleine Cuddy
Marketing Manager: Nicole Morales
Product & Marketing Assistant: Benjamin Korman
Director of Public Relations and External Communications: Zooey T. Jones
Public Relations Manager: Madelyn Gardner
Music Administration: Kay Wolff and Christianna English
Audio Archivists: Omar Little and Benjamin Carbone
Concert Programming: Jason Olaine and Georgina Javor
Concert Line Producer: Justin Bias
Photography: Frank Stewart
Liner Notes: Christian Mcbride
Music Copyists: Geoff Burke, Austin Harris, Matt Hilgenberg, Sherman Irby, and Jonathan Kelly

Reeds
Sherman Irby Alto & Soprano Saxophones, Flute, Piccolo, Bb Clarinet
Ted Nash Alto & Tenor Saxophones, C And Alto Flutes, Piccolo, Bb Clarinet
Victor Goines Tenor Saxophone, Bb & Eb Clarinets
Walter Blanding Tenor & Soprano Saxophones, Bb Clarinet
Paul Nedzela Baritone & Alto Saxophones, Bass Clarinet

Trumpets
Ryan Kisor
Kenny Rampton
Marcus Printup
Wynton Marsalis

Trombones
Vincent Gardner
Chris Crenshaw
Elliot Mason

Rhythm Section
Dan Nimmer Piano
Carlos Henriquez Bass
Ali Jackson Drums

Featuring: Wayne Shorter

TRACKS:

1. Yes or No
Miyako Music (BMI)
Composed by Wayne Shorter
Arranged by Victor Goines

2. Diana
Iska Music (BMI)
Composed by Wayne Shorter
Arranged by Ted Nash

3. Hammer Head
Miyako Music
Composed by Wayne Shorter
Arranged by Sherman Irby

4. Contemplation
Miyako Music (BMI)
Composed by Wayne Shorter
Arranged by Sherman Irby

5. Endangered Species
Wayana Music (BMI)
Composed by Wayne Shorter & Joseph Vitarelli
Arranged by Vincent Gardner

6. Lost
Iska Music (BMI)
Composed by Wayne Shorter
Arranged by Walter Blanding

7. Armageddon
Miyako Music (BMI)
Composed by Wayne Shorter
Arranged by Marcus Printup

8. The Three Marias
Wayana Music (BMI)
Arranged by Carlos Henriquez
Solo: Wayne Shorter (soprano saxophone)

9. Teru
Miyako Music (BMI)
Composed by Wayne Shorter
Arranged by Wynton Marsalis

10. Mama “G”
Miyako Music (BMI)
Composed by Wayne Shorter
Arranged by Chris Crenshaw

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