Stormy Mondays | End Of Summer Jazz Mix
That movement is so important because it led directly to a shift in the music of the Wayne Shorter Quartet, which includes Brian Blade. That group came together right at the turn of the century, but it is only after this tour that it began to abandon proper songs (for the most part) and instead embarked on nearly cinematic explorations of freeform improvisation, with hints and teases and codas serving as distant signposts along the way. The movement beyond song by HSHB allowed for the blossoming of what has come to be known as the greatest band of improvisers on the planet.
From the end of the European tour, we have a gorgeous “Sonrisa,” which quickly slips into that spontaneous film score feeling that so greatly characterizes the best WSQ performances, followed by an expansive “Pathways.” Holland’s opening bass solo here is truly stunning, and worth the download on its own. Shorter’s dramatic “Prometheus Unbound,” with Blade’s explosive drumming on display, and an open take on Herbie’s classic “Cantaloupe Island” close just a sampling of profoundly inspired virtuosity and improvisation at its very best. As always, enjoy!
Written By: Dan Alford