Wayne Shorter Quartet skips tunes, paints in abstract tones

April 3rd, 2014

from omaha.com

Wayne Shorter Quartet skips tunes, paints in abstract tones
By: Todd von Kampen

Perhaps the best way to offer perspective on the Wayne Shorter Quartet’s Omaha concert Wednesday night is to note the saxophonist playing outside the Holland Performing Arts Center as opposed to the jazz legend playing the sax inside.

The outdoor sax man, one of the “buskers” who lend charm to the Old Market, was playing solo versions of recognizable standards — “My Funny Valentine” before the show, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” after it. He drew from the earlier, tuneful, easily accessible generations of jazz. The concert inside the Holland did not.

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