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Wayne Shorter is an American jazz composer and saxophonist, commonly regarded as an American jazz master. He played with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in the late 1950s, Miles Davis quintet in the 1960s and the jazz-rock fusion band Weather Report, which Shorter co-led in the 1970s. In 1964, Wayne joined the Miles Davis Quintet playing saxophone with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. Shorter composed for the Davis group. Herbie Hancock described Wayne as "The master writer... Wayne was one of the few people who brought music to Miles that didn't get changed.
Shorter's compositions have become jazz standards. Shorter recorded several albums for Blue Note Records; the first was Night Dreamer recorded in 1964 with Lee Morgan, McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman and Elvin Jones. JuJu and Speak No Evil (1965) are two more well known recordings from this era. Joe Zawinul co-founded the jazz-rock band, Weather Report with Wayne Shorter
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Notes from arranger, Stephen Gislason: when I began to arrange Speak no Evil I started with a big band score that included 5 saxophone and 8 brass parts. My arranging strategy is to simplify and open the mix. I reduced 17 tracks to 7 and reassigned parts to different instruments. My apologies to Wayne. The sax parts disappeared since they are the most difficult to reproduce with synthesizers. My flugelhorn replaced the sax solos. A bass, two pianos, a vibraphone, and a somewhat tamed drummer completed the band. Shorter's music l is melodic, complex, and challenging to the performers.
Speak No Evil
Children of the Night
The Palladium was a large dance hall that opened in 1948 close to jazz clubs on West 52nd Street in New York... Birdland, the Onyx Club and CuBop City. Wayne Shorter lived in the area during the heyday of the Palladium Ballroom and composed "Palladium" performed by Weather Report. The song appears on their Heavy Weather album and features a driving Latin rhythm.