Shorter a Magnificent Monument That Moves
By: Bill Robertson
Opening act bandleader Dean McNeill, appeared to be so humbled by the headliner following him on stage that he could only shake his head in wonder and declare Wayne Shorter a magnificent monument. And on the one hand, what he said is true.
Saturday night at the Broadway Theatre, a packed house was treated to the artistry of a musician who’s worked with such giants as Art Blakey and Miles Davis, and is co-founder of the seminal jazz fusion group Weather Report. It’s artists such as Shorter who connect the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival to its jazz roots.
On the other hand, despite McNeill’s heartfelt compliment, Shorter, though approaching 80, is not ready to stay still long enough to be a monument. The MC rattled off the names of Shorter’s quartet as they took the stage and that’s the last words we heard in the show. Shorter and company spoke with their instruments – and some joyous laughs and moans.
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