Wayne Shorter at 80, catching his second wind
By: Bret Hartman
Wayne Shorter has been a potent and sometimes perplexing force in jazz for more than five decades, both as a saxophonist and as a composer. But every few years, he sheds his old skin, assumes a new identity and steers the music in provocative new directions.
You might remember him from Weather Report, when he helped make jazz fusion the hipster music of the 1970s. Or maybe you recall his quicksilver solo with the Miles Davis Quintet of the 1960s, the group that made the “Live at the Plugged Nickel” recordings that helped shape improvisational music for years to come.
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