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David Weiss: Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter

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When David Weiss penned an Artist’s Choice column for JazzTimes last year on Wayne Shorter, he wrote, “He laid the foundation for so much of what it is to be a jazz musician today, as a composer and an improviser, that it’s impossible not to address at least some part of his vast legacy.”

Weiss has been addressing that legacy with his Endangered Species Band-a.k.a. the Wayne Shorter Tribute Big Band-for several years already, and now he’s released Endangered Species, a live Shorter tribute recorded in April 2012 at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York. The all-star 12-piece band for this go-’round features Geri Allen (piano), four saxophonists (Ravi Coltrane, Tim Green, Marcus Strickland and Norbert Stachel, the latter also contributing bass clarinet), a trio of trumpeters (Weiss, Jeremy Pelt and Diego Urcola), trombonists Joe Fiedler and Steve Davis, and a rhythm section of Dwayne Burno on bass and E.J. Strickland playing drums. With a cast like that, Weiss virtually guaranteed that the interpretations would take on lives of their own, and they do.

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