Wayne Shorter One of "Jazz's 12 Most Important Musicians"

May 14th, 2014

from mercurynews.com

Here are jazz’s 12 most important musicians
By: Richard Scheinin

Over 50-plus years, the saxophonist-composer has combined deep currents of innovation, oftentimes enigmatic, with popular success. He helped launch musical revolts with Miles Davis’ 1960s bands and with the electric fusion group Weather Report. His extended solo on Steely Dan’s “Aja,” from 1977, is one of the great pop instrumental statements. His canon of tunes — going back to his days with drummer Art Blakey — is unsurpassed. Now in his ninth decade, he composes for symphony orchestras and leads the most celebrated working group in jazz. Here’s to Wayne! Try “JuJu,” “Native Dancer” and “Beyond the Sound Barrier.”

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