Serious longevity

November 14th, 2013

from economist.com

Serious longevity

THE golden age of jazz ended a long time ago. But one of the great jazz saxophonists of all time is still going. And at 80, Wayne Shorter shows no signs of fatigue.

His quartet has kept a busy tour schedule, performing new and innovative works as well as fresh interpretations of old classics. Earlier this year Mr Shorter released “Without a Net”, a critically acclaimed new album (his first in eight years), which consists mostly of live performances from the band’s 2011 European tour. On November 17th he is the headline act of the London Jazz Festival (which runs from the 15th to the 24th). The BBC Concert Orchestra will join the quartet to play several of Mr Shorter’s new compositions. The presence of cellos, French horns and a conductor tends to tame music that can sound wildly improvisational.

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