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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.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 30 Dec 2013 23:00

Music Played

  • Jazz on 3 gig and session highlights 2013

    • Brass Mask

      Rain Rain Rain

      Composer: Tom Challenger

      • Recorded at the Vortex, London on 26 September 2013.
    • Hello Skinny

      Hello Skinny

      Composer: Homer Flynn / Hardy Fox

      • Recorded in session at Livingston Studios, London on 6 March 2013.
    • Rudresh Mahanthappa's Gamak

      We'll Make More

      Composer: Rudresh Mahanthappa

      • Recorded at Ronnie Scott's, London on 2 September 2013.
    • Alexander Hawkins in conversation

    • Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

      One Tree Found Suite - Movement III

      Composer: Alexander Hawkins (Commissioned by Jazz on 3 for BBC Radio 3's Baroque Spring)

      • Recorded at Livingston Studios, London on 27 February 2013.
    • Laura Jurd Quintet

      No Man Is An Island

      Composer: Laura Jurd (Original poem by John Donne)

      • Recorded at BBC Maida Vale Studio 3, London on 5 June 2013.
  • Wayne Shorter in conversation

    • Wayne Shorter

      Zero Gravity

      Composer: Wayne Shorter / Danilo Pérez / John Patitucci / Brian Blade

      • Recorded at the Barbican, London on 8 October 2011.
    • Georges Cziffra

      Etudes, Op. 10: No. 1 In C

      Composer: Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin

      • Great Pianists Of The 20th Century - György Cziffra.
      • Philips.
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams

      Fantasia on Greensleeves

      Performer: Ralph Vaughan Williams.
      • Best Loved Classics 3.
      • Madacy.
    • Wayne Shorter Quartet

      Zero Gravity

      Composer: Wayne Shorter / Danilo Pérez / John Patitucci / Brian Blade

      • Recorded at the Barbican, London on 8 October 2011.
    • Wayne Shorter Quartet

      Prometheus Unbound / Zero Gravity

      Composer: Wayne Shorter / Danilo Pérez / John Patitucci / Brian Blade

      • Recorded at the Barbican, London on 8 October 2011.
  • Wayne Shorter Quartet recorded at the Barbican, London on 17 November 2013

    • Line up: Wayne Shorter (saxophones); Danilo Pérez (piano); John Patitucci (double bass); Brian Blade (drums)

    • Wayne Shorter Quartet

      Zero Gravity

      Composer: Wayne Shorter / Danilo Pérez / John Patitucci / Brian Blade

    • Wayne Shorter Quartet

      Orbits

      Composer: Wayne Shorter

    • Wayne Shorter Quartet

      As She Moved Through The Fair

      Composer: Trad.

    • Wayne Shorter Quartet

      Lotus

      Composer: Wayne Shorter

    • Wayne Shorter Quartet

      Starry Night

      Composer: Wayne Shorter

Wayne Shorter Quartet

Wayne Shorter Quartet
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