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Album Review

Though purists will find Wayne Shorter's This Is Jazz, Vol. 19 frustratingly incomplete, it isn't designed for them. The entire This is Jazz series is targeted at casual fans and neophytes, who only want a sampling of a famous jazz artist. In that sense, this disc does its job quite well, featuring his fusion and post-bop experiments of the '70s. Of course, this only is the tip of the iceberg as far as Shorter's work goes — after all, it only features his music for Columbia in the '70s and '80s — but it's enough to spark the interest of anyone wanting to explore his vast catalog.

Customer Reviews

Poor cover art, boring title, superb album.

This album, as much I've never been a buyer of sampler albums, is a rare example of a sampler that introduces the listener to the essence of Wayne Shorter in his hayday. Spanning styles of Ponte De Aria and Endangered Species, you'll really appreciate Shorter's spirit with this. Whoever picked out these selections, they know Wayne Shorter.


Born: August 25, 1933 in Newark, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Though some will argue about whether Wayne Shorter's primary impact on jazz has been as a composer or as a saxophonist, hardly anyone will dispute his overall importance as one of jazz's leading figures over a long span of time. 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...
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