Alegría

Alegría

by Wayne Shorter
     
 
The great saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter continues his winning streak with Alegria, his first all-acoustic studio recording in several decades. Ever since convening a new working quartet in 1999, Shorter has seemingly been out to reclaim his status as a full-fledged jazz master. Augmented by strings and additional horns, Shorter brings his unique

Overview

The great saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter continues his winning streak with Alegria, his first all-acoustic studio recording in several decades. Ever since convening a new working quartet in 1999, Shorter has seemingly been out to reclaim his status as a full-fledged jazz master. Augmented by strings and additional horns, Shorter brings his unique sensibility as a player and writer to this brilliantly devised recording, and the results are heartening, to say the least. He sounds invigorated, still questing for textures previously unheard. Whether investigating earlier compositions through reworked arrangements or delving into well-chosen outside material, Shorter is in complete command of his art. In all, it was worth the wait.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
With 2002's Footprints Live, nearly two decades of false alarms about a Wayne Shorter "comeback" finally gave way to the real thing -- at least to many critics who welcomed his return to highly cerebral acoustic post-bop. Yet the follow-up, Alegria -- apparently Shorter's first all-acoustic studio album as a leader since 1967 -- is where Shorter really starts to get creative again. The rhythm section from Footprints Live -- pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade -- is intact on three tracks. On others, Brad Mehldau -- with his very different conception of sound -- is the pianist, Terri Lyne Carrington subs on drums, Alex Acuna adds percussion, and new, unusual timbres are supplied by a wind/brass ensemble. As on Footprints Live, Shorter revisits some old tunes from his relative youth, but not nearly in the same way. In "Orbits," which was given a racetrack post-bop run by the Miles Davis Quintet, Shorter slows it way, way down, virtually decontructing the tune, backed by a quizzical chart for winds and brass. Likewise, "Angola" and "Capricorn II" are altered nearly beyond recognition. Indeed, at this point in the 21st century, it was fascinating to see both Shorter and his former Davis bandmate, Herbie Hancock, radically reinterpreting their past, working separately yet often using the same bassist and drummer (Patitucci and Blade) and recording for the same label. Yet, the core message of this album is that Shorter was ready to move on to different things, drawing material from almost anything that caught his attention while soloing in top form on tenor and soprano saxes. With a wild soprano wail, Shorter leads off the CD with his new, absorbing boogaloo "Sacajawea," one that soon morphs into searching, nearly free jazz, with a magisterial solo from the composer. At last, someone in jazz chose to deal with both tunes from Leroy Anderson's Spanish-flavored light classical masterpiece "Serenata" rather than just the lush second subject -- and Shorter decorates them with a complex featherweight orchestration. Though Acuna's bongos pop away in the foreground, Shorter does maintain the melancholy feeling of the familiar aria from Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5," with cellist Charles Curtis eloquently stating the tune, until he destabilizes things in the middle of the track. As he approached his 70th birthday, this disc seemed to confirm a long-awaited creative Indian summer for Wayne Shorter.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2003
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0731454355827
catalogNumber:
1124564

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wayne Shorter   Primary Artist,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Terri Lyne Carrington   Drums
John Patitucci   Bass
Lew Soloff   Trumpet
Danilo Pérez   Piano
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Brian Blade   Drums
Steve Davis   Trombone
Bruce Eidem   Trombone
Chris Gekker   Trumpet
Barry Gold   Cello
Brad Mehldau   Piano
Jim Pugh   Trombone
Marcus Rojas   Tuba
Stewart Rose   Horn
Daniel Rothmuller   Cello
Robert Sadin   Conductor
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
Papo Vasquez   Trombone
Stephen Taylor   English Horn,Oboe
Charles Curtis   Cello
Paul Dunkel   Flute
Allen Blustine   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Frank Morelli   Bassoon
Jeremy Pelt   Trumpet
Gloria Lum   Cello
Brent Samuel   Cello
David Garrett   Cello

Technical Credits

Heitor Villa-Lobos   Composer
Leroy Anderson   Composer
Wayne Shorter   Arranger,Composer
Clark Germain   Engineer
Robert Sadin   Producer
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer

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