Arguably the most distinguished jazz musician still working today, with a CV more sparkling than the Las Vegas skyline, but so much more tasteful, Wayne Shorter has now returned to the ‘ post bop ’ tradition of modern jazz, after decades of experimenting with a variety of fusion and pop. This style, a freer but not completely formless style that evolved during Miles Davis’ great second quintet, 1965-8, demands the highest standards from its players, both technically and creatively, but in skilful and gifted hands, can create the most adventurous, inspiring live music.
Shorter's bewitching combination of staccato rhythm and lyrical phrasing on both tenor and soprano saxophone has matured over many decades. Recently turned 80, though with the vigour and verve of someone decades younger, his quartet today (Danilo Perez on piano, John Patitucci on bass and Brian Blade at the drums) is both the consummation of his playing and a celebration of his musical roots in acoustic improvised jazz.
Coming to musical maturity in 1950s New York, onto undoubtedly the most exciting jazz scene ever, he quickly established himself within the most prestigious circles,joining first Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers , then Miles Davis’ Quintet . As a young player, he idolised John Coltrane, but as his playing matured, he developed a deeply individual style, characterised by melancholy and tenderness.
Despite achieving a profile second to none in straight jazz, Shorter struck out a fresh in the 1970s as a founding member of the band Weather Report , which created the fusion genre. After a brief period dabbling in commercial pop in the 1980s, here turned to his roots with this great quartet.
He is indisputably an icon, and this gig one of an ever decreasing number of living links to Miles Davis and the golden age of modern jazz.
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|What||Wayne Shorter, Barbican Hall|
|Where||Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS | MAP|
On 17 Nov 13, 8pm
|Website||Click here to book via The Barbican's website.|