Footprints: The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter

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Saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter has not only left his footprints on our musical terrain, he has created a body of work that is a monument to artistic imagination. Throughout Shorter's extraordinary fifty-year career, his compositions have helped define the sounds of each distinct era in the history of jazz.

Filled with musical analysis by Mercer, enlivened by Shorter's vivid recollections, and enriched by more than seventy-five original interviews with his friends and ...

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Overview

Saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter has not only left his footprints on our musical terrain, he has created a body of work that is a monument to artistic imagination. Throughout Shorter's extraordinary fifty-year career, his compositions have helped define the sounds of each distinct era in the history of jazz.

Filled with musical analysis by Mercer, enlivened by Shorter's vivid recollections, and enriched by more than seventy-five original interviews with his friends and associates, this book is at once an invaluable history of music from bebop to pop, an intimate and moving biography, and a story of a man's struggle toward the full realization of his gifts and of himself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585424689
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 628,637
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michelle Mercer is a writer and a music commentator for National Public Radio's All Things Considered. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, and Down Beat.
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Table of Contents


Foreword   Herbie Hancock     ix
Preface   Wayne Shorter     xi
Introduction: Face of the Deep     1
Water Babies     11
Bop Fiend: "As Weird As Wayne"     26
The Newark Flash     40
Hard Drinking, Hard Bop with the Jazz Messengers     64
The Elders     74
Children of the Night     84
Miles Smiles     97
Sanctuary     120
Music for Films That Would Never Be Made     138
We Were Always Here     147
Native Dancers and Fairy-Tale Friends     163
Elegant People in Heavy Weather     175
Wild Flowers     192
Joy Ryder     210
"Get your cape out of the cleaner's and fly, Superman!"     222
High Life     230
Super Nova     243
Prometheus Unbound     255
Notes     273
Bibliography     281
Pure Poetry: Compositions   Wayne Shorter     285
Acknowledgments     305
Index     309
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