Blue Note Records has set Aug. 24 as the release date for Emanon, the first new Wayne Shorter album since 2013’s Without A Net. That live album marked Shorter’s return to the label where he began his recording career in 1964. Emanon, in contrast, is a triple album of original music by Shorter performed by his quartet, featuring Shorter on soprano and tenor saxophone with Danilo Pérez on piano, John Patitucci on bass, and Brian Blade on drums—with and without the 34-piece Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. The set includes both studio and live recordings.
The music, according to a press release from Blue Note, is accompanied by a graphic novel penned by Shorter with Monica Sly and illustrated by Randy DuBurke. Emanon is a physical-only release that will be available in two versions: a standard edition that packages three CDs with the graphic novel, and a deluxe edition that packages three 180g vinyl LPs and three CDs with the graphic novel, enclosed in a hardcover slipcase.