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Wayne Shorter: Other Worlds

A youthful passion for comic books meets mature music-making on the saxophonist's three-disc set (plus graphic novel) Emanon

Wayne Shorter (photo: Robert Ascroft)
Wayne Shorter (photo: Robert Ascroft)

Tucked into the fine-print liner notes of Wayne Shorter’s latest project, Emanon, is an unusual advisory: “This package is intentionally designed to reveal its dormant possibilities as it travels between alternative realities of the multi-verse.”

And … we’re back! Welcome once again to the decidedly asynchronous, defiantly expansive musical realm that Shorter—voracious reader, idea hoarder, gifted composer, jazz legend—has inhabited for decades. The world of Super Nova and Atlantis and “Dance Cadaverous,” brought to life by a musician who has always been tuned to the remote frequencies and trace fragile sounds beamed from alternate realities.

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