Wayne Shorter Quartet
Jez Nelson presents the Wayne Shorter Quartet in concert at the Barbican to mark the saxophonist's 80th birthday year. Plus highlights from Jazz on 3's live recordings in 2013.
Jez Nelson presents the Wayne Shorter Quartet at London's Barbican Centre, plus highlights from Jazz on 3's live recordings in 2013.
80 this year, American composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter is "probably jazz's greatest living small-group composer and a contender for greatest living improviser", according to the New York Times. After coming to prominence in the late 1950s as part of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, he went on to legendary stints in the 1960s with Miles Davis and Weather Report. Today, Shorter has recorded over 20 albums as a bandleader, won multiple Grammy Awards and many of his compositions have become jazz standards.
His current quartet shows he still at the top of his game. Despite his status as an international jazz legend, Shorter is happy to play in the background when needed, allowing pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade plenty of room to breathe as they re-work his genre-bending compositions, many of which stretch back to the 60s. It's golden era stuff, given a fresh lease of life through the Quartet's deft improvisation.
Also on the programme, some of the best music recorded for Jazz on 3 in 2013, including tracks from sessions by Alexander Hawkins and Hello Skinny, as well as performances by Rudresh Mahanthappa, Laura Jurd and Brass Mask.
Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producers: Peggy Sutton and Chris Elcombe.
Jazz on 3 gig and session highlights 2013
Alexander Hawkins in conversation
Wayne Shorter in conversation
Wayne Shorter Quartet recorded at the Barbican, London on 17 November 2013