Wayne Shorter has re-signed to Blue Note after a 43-year gap, the label have confirmed his new album, entitled Without A Net, will be released on 5 February 2013. According to the label the ‘searing’ session features Shorter’s revered quartet of pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade – in what could shape up to be another landmark release in the saxophonist’s illustrious recording history.
Entering his 80th year in 2013 Shorter has been on fiery form across the last decade yet his run of timeless Blue Note recordings between 1964-1970 including Night Dreamer, Juju, Speak No Evil, Adam’s Apple, Schizophrenia, Super Nova and Odyssey of Iska still rank among some of the finest jazz albums of all time. This new album is Shorter’s first album since 2005’s Beyond The Sound Barrier, which was issued on Verve.
Commenting on the new album Blue Note records president Don Was said: “Wayne Shorter is one of the greatest musicians and composers of our time. At age 80, we witness him at the height of his powers and performing with one of the most incredible bands he’s ever assembled. Although welcoming him back to Blue Note Records after 43 years is a romantic notion, Wayne’s enduring appeal is rooted in his steadfast refusal to trade in such nostalgia…
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