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Wayne Shorter: Face of the Deep

Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
(L to R): Danilo Perez, Wayne Shorter, John Patitucci, Brian Blade
Wayne Shorter

“When I do interviews,” Wayne Shorter stated at a recent black-tie gala held in his honor, “people ask me about music, music, music, music, music. And I say no, no, no, no. Music is second; the human being is first.” He quickly posed two questions divulging the depths he was willing to plumb in even the most cursory of remarks: “What is music for? What is anything for?”

Wayne Shorter is currently leading one of the most profoundly creative units on today’s music scene, a quartet that has attained a high level of musical intensity in an impressively short period of time. Footprints Live! (Verve) is the new acoustic Shorter album that’s been waiting to happen since 1967, and one that will be thoroughly fêted.

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