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Legendary Saxophonist Still Breaking Sound Barriers

June 25th, 2012

from edmontonjournal.com

Jazz Fest: Legendary saxophonist still breaking sound barriers
Musical journey continues for Wayne Shorter

By: Roger Levesque

EDMONTON – Wayne Shorter could rest on his reputation as one of the greatest composers and saxophonists in the music and play sweet music every night. But that would take the thrill — the jazz imperative — out of jazz.

“The challenge is being in the moment,” he notes, “and to make something inspirational for those people who aren’t playing the music”.

His acclaimed all-star quartet takes their own special working method.

“We don’t have any rehearsals, any set-list. We don’t know what’s going to happen when we hit the stage. We make it happen ourselves and as the music starts to sound familiar we go somewhere with it. That’s my way of saying that music — or anything else — is never actually finished in life.”

While the band plays tunes and draws on Shorter’s most loved melodies, he encourages them to feel as if they’re discovering those pieces for the first time.

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