9 Songs, 1 Hour 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In a set of recordings captured mostly on a 2011 tour, Wayne Shorter returns to Blue Note after a 43 year absence sounding vital, relevant, and uncompromising. With his trio of heavyweights (pianist Danílo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade) Shorter demonstrates his authoritative relevance as a composer—after deconstructing “Orbits” (from 1967’s Miles Smiles) he offers no less than six new compositions. Impressive for an 80-year old, right? Wait until he picks up his horn. The interplay and improvisational aptitude fills this Editors' Choice with hairpin turns, exploratory dialogue, and brash musical stunts. When Shorter hits the stratosphere while soloing on the 23-minute “Pegasus,” the mics catch an astonished Blade utter, “Oh my God.” Our sentiment exactly.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In a set of recordings captured mostly on a 2011 tour, Wayne Shorter returns to Blue Note after a 43 year absence sounding vital, relevant, and uncompromising. With his trio of heavyweights (pianist Danílo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade) Shorter demonstrates his authoritative relevance as a composer—after deconstructing “Orbits” (from 1967’s Miles Smiles) he offers no less than six new compositions. Impressive for an 80-year old, right? Wait until he picks up his horn. The interplay and improvisational aptitude fills this Editors' Choice with hairpin turns, exploratory dialogue, and brash musical stunts. When Shorter hits the stratosphere while soloing on the 23-minute “Pegasus,” the mics catch an astonished Blade utter, “Oh my God.” Our sentiment exactly.

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