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David Weiss: Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter

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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