Footprints: The Life and Music of Wayne Shorter

Footprints: The Life and Music of Wayne Shorter

by Wayne Shorter
     
 

First the hard stuff: there was no way that Legacy was going to be able to completely represent Wayne Shorter's five decades in music in a double-CD package. That's a given, and they cop to it in the liner notes. However, what they have done is admirable in that they have cross-licensed material from all parts of Shorter's working life, from the Jazz Messengers to his…  See more details below

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First the hard stuff: there was no way that Legacy was going to be able to completely represent Wayne Shorter's five decades in music in a double-CD package. That's a given, and they cop to it in the liner notes. However, what they have done is admirable in that they have cross-licensed material from all parts of Shorter's working life, from the Jazz Messengers to his Blue Note period to Miles to Weather Report to his work as a featured guest with pop musicians to his fusion work to his Footprints band at the beginning of the 21st century. As a result, the portrait given here is surprisingly rich, varied, and full both of composer and soloist. Disc one commences with his "Lester Left Town" from the Jazz Messengers' Big Beat album in 1960, where Shorter is teamed with Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons, Art Blakey, and Jymie Merritt. Moving to the Blue Note period, the regret is that the only two pieces chosen are from Speak No Evil -- the title track and "Infant Eyes" -- and none were taken from his other fabulous outings for the label. Also here is "Time of the Barracudas" from Gil Evans' The Individualism of Gil Evans, offering a brilliant solo by Shorter in a band that also featured Kenny Burrell, Elvin Jones, Gary Peacock, and Julius Watkins. The Miles period is represented by "E.S.P." (of course), "Footprints" from Miles Smiles, "Nefertiti," and "Sanctuary" from Bitches Brew. Shorter's Weather Report tenure features his own tunes from Mysterious Traveller, Tale Spinnin', Black Market, and Heavy Weather, bookending the closing of disc one and the opening of disc two. Here is where it gets knotty: the gorgeous "Ponta de Areia" from Native Dancer, a collaboration with Milton Nascimento, sticks out for its beauty, only to be followed in jarring succession by Steely Dan's "Aja" and Joni Mitchell's "Dry Cleaner from Des Moines," from her Mingus album. These stroll right into Shorter's most controversial period, with tracks from the heavily synthesized and programmed outings Atlantis, Joy Ryder, and Phantom Navigator. Of these, only "Mahogany Bird" from the latter platter feels like it was forced to fit. Shorter's move to Verve is showcased here to excellent effect by the inclusion of "Children of the Night" from High Life and "In Walked Wayne" by J.J. Johnson from the trombonist's Heroes set. Also present are cuts from the Shorter/Herbie Hancock duet recording 1+1 and the disc's closer, a live version of "Masqualero" from Shorter's Footprints Live! with Brian Blade, Danílo Perez, and John Patitucci. Ultimately, as wide ranging as this collection is, this is a very satisfying listening experience, as each disc can be taken on its own for maximum enjoyment.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998915022
catalogNumber:
89150

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wayne Shorter   Primary Artist,Leader,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Milton Nascimento   Vocals
Donald Fagen   Synthesizer,Vocals,Background Vocals,Whistle (Instrument)
Joni Mitchell   Leader,Vocals
Patrice Rushen   Keyboards
Geri Allen   Synthesizer,Piano
Larry Carlton   Guitar
Terri Lyne Carrington   Drums
Ron Carter   Bass
Miles Davis   Trumpet,Leader
Jack DeJohnette   Drums
Peter Erskine   Drums
Herbie Hancock   Piano,Electric Piano
Dave Holland   Bass
Elvin Jones   Drums
Lee Morgan   Trumpet
Jaco Pastorius   Electric Bass,Steel Drums
John Patitucci   Bass
Gary Peacock   Bass
Rufus Reid   Bass
Renee Rosnes   Piano
Joe Sample   Electric Piano
Bobby Timmons   Piano
Julius Watkins   French Horn
Tony Williams   Drums
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Frank Rehak   Trombone
Stu Goldberg   Synthesizer
Victor Lewis   Drums
Danilo Pérez   Piano
Bill Summers   Percussion
Chester Thompson   Drums
Wagner Tiso   Organ,Electric Piano
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Sid Page   Violin
Don Alias   Conga
Rachel Z   Synthesizer,Piano
Walter Becker   Guitar
Alex Acuña   Percussion,Drums
Ray Alonge   French Horn
Joe Zawinul   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,fender rhodes,Arp 2600
Manolo Badrena   Percussion
Billy Barber   Tuba
Robert Becker   Viola
Brian Blade   Drums
Art Blakey   Drums,Leader
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Will Calhoun   Drums
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Cymbals,Drums,Timpani
Armando Anthony Corea   fender rhodes
Larry Corbett   Cello
Nathan East   Bass
Gil Evans   Piano,Leader
Julie Feves   Contrabassoon
Andy Fitzgerald   Reeds
Steve Gadd   Drums
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Yaron Gershovsky   Piano
Jay Graydon   Guitar
Skip Hadden   Drums
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet
Michael Hill   Piano
Ronald Janelli   Bassoon
J.J. Johnson   Trombone,Leader
Alphonso Johnson   Electric Bass
Larry Klein   Bass
Alyrio Lima   Percussion
George Marge   Reeds
Joe Meyer   French Horn
Marcus Miller   Bass,Bass Clarinet,Conductor
Michael Omartian   Piano
Robert Payne   Trombone
Dom Um Romão   Percussion
Robertinho Silva   Drums
Scott Roberts   Percussion
Jumma Santos   Shaker
Timothy B. Schmit   Background Vocals
Harry Shirinian   Viola
Bob Tricarico   Reeds
Brad Warnaar   French Horn
James Walker   Reeds
Sarah Orme Weisz   Flute
Ishmael Wilburn   Drums
Gary Willis   Electric Bass
Evan Wilson   Viola
Denny Dias   Guitar
Daniel Kelley   French Horn
Dave McDaniel   Bass
Suzie Katayama   Violin
David Gilmore   Guitar
Block   Reeds
Gary Bovyer   Bass Clarinet
Leslie Reed   English Horn
Emily Bernstein   Clarinet
Edith Markman   Violin
Bobby Maxwell   Harp
Ralph Williams   Clarinet
Robin McGregor   Trumpet
Mike Grego   Contrabassoon
Don Faulk   Tenor Saxophone
Ralph Fielding   Viola
Annarenee Gritzell   Flute
Joyce Kelley Clark   Oboe
Lorin Levee   Bass Clarinet
Kazue McGregor   Flute
Merruttm Jymie   Bass
Lee Mortgan   Trumpet
Llinda Muggeridge   English Horn
Michele Richards   Violin
Steven Holtman   Trombone
Jon Lewis   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Donald Fagen   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Producer
Herbie Hancock   Producer
Charles Mingus   Composer
Jaco Pastorius   Horn Arrangements
Wayne Shorter   Composer,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Don Sickler   Producer
Jim Price   Producer
Rachel Z   Sound Design
Walter Becker   Composer
Joe Zawinul   Producer
Gil Evans   Composer
J.J. Johnson   Composer,Producer
Alfred Lion   Producer
Teo Macero   Producer
Marcus Miller   Programming,Producer
J.R. Mitchell   Composer
Richard Seidel   Producer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Irving Townsend   Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Michelle Mercer   Liner Notes
M. Davis   Composer
Gary Kayz   Producer
Michele Mercer   Liner Notes

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