For a long time I’ve used John Coltrane's music to help ring in the New Year, but this
year’s Stormy Monday New Year’s Eve edition features the Wayne Shorter Quartet,
simply the best improvisational band on the planet.
Featuring Wayne, Brian Blade, Danilo Perez and John Patitucci, the group has a
ability to respond to its individual parts while organically exploring the cosmos,
something more akin to improvised soundtracks for unseen films than anything else. While
group is known for having largely moved beyond songs, performing instead sweeping suites
that touch on a multitude of ideas and hint and tease themes and codas, the mix featured
here, from Sweden in 2003, comes from the early song based period that draws on both newer
material and Wayne’s classic catalog. It opens with a tight "Smilin’ Through"
followed by a beautiful stretch of "Tooth Fairy" > "Sanctuary" > "Go," and closes
with an expansive Over Shadow Hill Way that clocks in at nearly 20 minutes. It’s
music to inspire you as the calendar begins anew. A happy and prosperous New Year to you
all, and as always, enjoy!
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Written By: Dan Alford
[Published on: 12/30/13]