Wayne Shorter to Release 3-Disc Set with Graphic Novel

Saxophonist, composer, and newly named Kennedy Center honoree’s "Emanon" project is out Aug. 24

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Robert Ascroft

Wayne Shorter

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.

Emanon’s track listing is as follows:

DISC 1
The Wayne Shorter Quartet with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
1. Pegasus
2. Prometheus Unbound
3. Lotus
4. The Three Marias

DISC 2
The Wayne Shorter Quartet Live in London
1. The Three Marias
2. Lost and Orbits Medley

DISC 3
The Wayne Shorter Quartet Live in London
1. Lotus
2. She Moves Through the Fair
3. Adventures Aboard the Golden Mean
4. Prometheus Unbound

In other news, Shorter was just named (along with composer Philip Glass, country music star Reba McEntire, and the indomitable Cher) as one of the 2018 recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors. He and the other honorees will take part in a special ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 2.

Look for a feature on Wayne Shorter and the Emanon project in the October issue of JazzTimes.

Read Renee Rosnes’ 2013 JazzTimes interview with the Wayne Shorter Quartet.