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Wayne Shorter Tribute Album Gets Surprise Release on His Birthday

Available exclusively on Bandcamp, Palladium 2020 features contributions from Dave Liebman, Melissa Aldana, Emmet Cohen, Nicole Glover, Jason Marsalis, and more

Cover of Wayne Shorter tribute album Palladium 2020
Cover of Wayne Shorter tribute album Palladium 2020

Yesterday (Aug. 25) was Wayne Shorter’s 87th birthday, and both he and we received a special present in the form of Palladium 2020, a 22-track collection of pieces written and/or made famous by Shorter, given new renditions by an international and intergenerational crew of more than 30 musicians. A digital-only release, it’s available exclusively on Bandcamp for streaming and WAV/MP3 download.

We can thank Shorter’s social media manager Jesse Markowitz for Palladium 2020, his debut as a producer. Spurred on by the turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic, he received approval for the project from Shorter and his wife Carolina—who also appear on the album by way of a voicemail message responding to a photo that Markowitz had sent them from the stoop of Miles Davis’ former home (312 W. 77th St., a.k.a. Miles Davis Way).

The running order of Palladium 2020 is as follows.

Sasha Berliner: “Meridianne – A Wood Sylph”
Sean Mason: “Pandora Awakened”
Nicole Glover Trio: “The Summit”
Eric Reed: “Sydney”
Melissa Aldana & Shai Maestro: “Infant Eyes”
Emmet Cohen Trio: “This Is for Albert”
David Liebman & Willy Rodriguez: “Footprints”
Chien Chien Lu: “Oriental Folk Song”
Benny Green: “Contemplation”
Wayne & Carolina Shorter: “Miles’ Doorbell”
Pablo Held: “Paraphernalia”
Dan Tepfer: “Fall”
Luther Allison: “Iris”
Kevin Hays: “E.S.P.”
Gabe Schnider: “Face on the Barroom Floor”
Nite Bjuti: “Carlotta”
Mark Whitfield: “Midnight in Carlotta’s Hair”
Jason Marsalis: “Three Clowns”
Mariel Bildsten: “Sleeping Dancer Sleep On”
Veronica Swift & Dan Chmielinski: “Someplace Called Where”
Michael Eckert: “Miyako”
Julius Rodriguez & Morgan Guerin: “Orbits”

In his extensive liner notes to the album, Markowitz writes: “I have gathered you all here to celebrate the majesty of Wayne Shorter, and the life force with which he conducts himself. This life force manifests in a variety of ways: the extreme generosity in using his power to open doors for people; the courage he inspires, especially in outsiders, to celebrate eccentricity and individualism; the grace of this titan who sees everyone as his peer while never positioning himself as above or better; and of course the music.”