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JazzTimes 10: All-Time Great Jazz Quartets

From Goodman to Shorter, some of the best jazz has carried the sign of four

Wayne Shorter Quartet
One elder statesman (sax legend Shorter) hooks up with three younger geniuses (pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci, drummer Brian Blade) to form a group that continues to be one of the top jazz quartets of our time. Their first album, 2002’s Footprints Live! (Verve/Universal), compiles the best recordings from three 2001 concerts. Offering abstract takes on several key Shorter compositions, including the title cut, it’s a high-level demonstration of musical telepathy in action.

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Mac Randall

Mac Randall

Mac Randall has been the editor of JazzTimes since May 2018. Prior to that, he wrote regularly for the magazine. He has written about numerous genres of music for a wide variety of publications over the past 30 years, including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New York Observer, Mojo, and Guitar Aficionado, and he has worked on the editorial staffs of Musician, LAUNCH (now Yahoo! Music), Guitar One, Teaching Music, Music Alive!, and In Tune Monthly. He is the author of two books, Exit Music: The Radiohead Story and 101 Great Playlists. He lives in New York City.