Wayne Shorter, saxophonist
Saxophonist ~ Composer

Wayne Shorter

August 25, 1933, Newark, NJ

His great body of work as a composer for such illustrious groups as Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis' famous mid ‘60s quintet and fusion supergroup Weather Report is enough to ensure him a spot in the Jazz Hall of Fame. But if the prolific composer had never written a single tune, his signature sound and choice of notes, sense of economy and unparalleled expression on both tenor and soprano saxes would have earmarked him for greatness. ~ Decca: Wayne Shorter ~ retrieved June 4, 2013 © Allmusic

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Though indebted to a great extent to John Coltrane, with whom he practiced in the mid-'50s while still an undergraduate, Shorter eventually developed his own more succinct manner on tenor sax, retaining the tough tone quality and intensity and, in later years, adding an element of funk. On soprano, Shorter is almost another player entirely, his lovely tone shining like a light beam, his sensibilities attuned more to lyrical thoughts, his choice of notes becoming more spare as his career unfolded. Shorter's influence as a player, stemming mainly from his achievements in the 1960s and '70s, has been tremendous upon the neo-bop brigade who emerged in the early '80s, most notably Branford Marsalis. ~ Allmusic: Wayne Shorter ~ retrieved June 4, 2013 © Allmusic

Wayne Shorter ~ Inducted in the 1998 Big Band And Jazz Hall Of Fame.

Wayne Shorter ~ Speak No Evil (1964) ~ Ranked #71 Jazzwise 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World in 2006 ~ Recorded a few months into his stint with Miles, this date finds Shorter on the cusp of his mature compositional and improvisatory styles and in the congenial company of Hancock and Carter, with Elvin Jones keeping it honest at the back and Hubbard providing his usual perfect foil at the front ~ 2006 © Jazzwise

As a Session musician, guest or band member

Miles Davis ~ Bitches Brew (1970) ~ Ranked #95 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ Davis wanted to connect his music to the audience of Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone. The result was this double album of jazz-rock fusion, cut with an electric orchestra that included saxophonist Wayne Shorter and guitarist John McLaughlin. It’s full of visceral thrills and the brooding darkness Davis brought to everything he touched. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

Weather Report

Alongside Miles Davis's electric bands, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Headhunters, Weather Report is considered to be one of the pre-eminent early jazz fusion bands. As a continuous working unit, Weather Report outlasted all of its contemporaries despite (or perhaps because of) frequent changes of personnel, with a career lasting sixteen years between 1970 and 1986. ~ Wikipedia: Weather Report ~ retrieved August 25, 2015 © Allmusic

Weather Report ~ Heavy Weather (1976) ~ Ranked #20 Jazzwise 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World in 2006 ~ Even today Heavy Weather remains as stunning in its overall effect as the day it was made. ~ 2006 © Jazzwise

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