Wayne Shorter

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About Wayne Shorter

Wayne Shorter was one of jazz's leading figures as both a composer and saxophonist. Though indebted to John Coltrane, Shorter developed his own voice and style on the tenor horn, retaining the tough tone quality and intensity and later adding elements of funk. On soprano, his tone attuned more to lyrical thoughts, his choice of notes more spare. As a composer, he wrote complex, long-limbed songs, many of which are now standards. On his 1960s albums for Blue Note, most notably Juju and Night Dreamer, the composer and the saxophone stylist meet. He co-founded Weather Report in 1970, issued jazz-funk recordings in the late '80s and early '90s, and on 2003's Alegria, showcased a new acoustic quartet. As he entered his eighties, Shorter focused on impressively complex projects, including 2018's Emanon, a graphic novel combined with a four-part studio suite, and 2021's Iphigenia, an opera based on Greek myths.

Newark, NJ, United States of America

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