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Album Review

Some of Shorter's most celebrated compositions comprise this set of live performances, recorded at various European venues in 2001. His all-star quartet shows a strong kinship with the group led by Miles Davis during Shorter's tenure in the mid-'60s. Its omission of a second horn, however, comes at the price of making it harder to fully explore the potential of these pieces. Shorter's writing, like his playing, is filled with harmonic implications, and though the artists he leads are without question giants of contemporary jazz, their performances don't fully illuminate this aspect of the material. Each follows a pointillistic approach; Perez, for example, plays extremely fluent chords, yet he tends to restrict them to sharp articulations, with few of the washier applications that Herbie Hancock would bring in similar settings. With Shorter playing, as usual, in spare statements, the improvisations he creates with his colleagues feel sharp and staccato. Of course, the musicians are also telepathic in their interplay, which is ultimately the point among Davis alumni and their disciples. They're even playful; try to catch that "Rock-A-Bye Baby" quote from Shorter in the title track. ~ Robert L. Doerschuk, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Footprints Live!

I think the itune review of Footprints Live! makes a mistake to compare the album so closely to Wayne's work with the Miles Davis group. Wayne is doing some thing different with this group. The philosophy and approach is totally different even if the material is simular. By comparing the two ones risks not hearing what is going on with this album.

One of the Best of the Decade

This album appears on many of the best of the decade lists, including Downbeat magazine, from which it received 5 stars.

Music that Draws You In

A dynamic performance by Wayne’s quartet! Blade’s spacious playing and unique vocabulary builds into incredible heights with Shorter’s angular lines. Perez stretches the landscape while Patitucci dances and creates deep drive.

Biography

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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