Wayne Shorter. Without a Net. US 2013
Without a Net is Shorter’s first album for Blue Note Records in 43 years after Odyssey of Iska released in 1971. The album contains eight quartet tracks from its European tour in late 2011, including six original compositions, plus a 23-minute centrepiece “Pegasus” supported by the woodwind and brass ensemble Imani Winds. The composition “Orbits” is a new version of the Miles Davis Quintet’s 1967 song of the same name. For “Orbits” the album won 2014 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo. The quartet also included the title song from the 1933 musical film Flying Down To Rio.
The album was released on 5 February 2013 via Blue Note to a critical success, receiving an average score of 86/100 from 11 reviewers on Metacritic, which indicates “universal acclaim”.
All Music: By the time Shorter takes his tenor solo, we’ve heard everything from Latin grooves to modal assertions to classical motifs and some near explosions from Blade.
All ABout Jazz: While any new album from Shorter is an event at this juncture (he’s nearly 80 yet in peak form here as composer and soloist), Without a Net is special even among the recordings made by this outstanding group.
PopMatters : Wayner Shorter and his quartet are not just a good or great jazz group, they are a single voice of one the best American musicians we’ve had in the last 50 years. This is a musician who is far from in his valedictory years.
The Los Angeles Times: the album is a sprawling, relentlessly inventive listen that nods toward Shorter’s rich legacy as a true musical giant, even while pointing toward an undeniable truth that, even at 80 years old, he isn’t finished exploring yet.
YouTube Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJTX_08GOXY
Artist : Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter Quartet
Wayne Shorter – tenor sax