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McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Pharoah Sanders & Kenny Garrett

Wayne Shorter

The Montreal Jazz Festival allows audiences to hear some of the world’s greatest jazz artists within days or mere hours of one another. The results offer one the opportunity to listen to jazz in a different way.

Experiencing this year’s lineup, two camps emerged. At the formally structured Les Grands concert hall programs, jazz giants saxophonist Wayne Shorter and pianist McCoy Tyner (pictured) fronted bands filled with renowned musicians who, in most cases, are leaders in their own right. Though these two groups certainly approached their respective material individualistically, they shared a singular focus on ensemble work. As always, Shorter, who spent almost equal time on tenor and soprano, relied on the huge talents of his long-standing partners, pianist Danilo Perez, drummer Brian Blade and bassist John Patitucci, to inspire a tune’s direction. It would simply be a waste to not let the low-riding Blade freely wield his magic sticks. That some found that Shorter didn’t blow enough, a criticism that has followed the saxophonist for most of his career, belays the collective nature of the band and simply wasn’t true. He blew plenty and when he took horn to mouth new paths were charted.

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