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14 June 2024
Blue Note releases live Wayne Shorter album

Blue Note Records releases Celebration, Volume 1, the first in a series of archival recordings by the late saxophonist Wayne Shorter, on Friday August 23.

 

Shorter, who made huge contributions to Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis’ second great quintet as well as co-founding Weather Report and adding his genius to Joni Mitchell’s music, died aged 89 in March 2023.

 

In his last months he listened round-the-clock to his unreleased recordings and the 2014 live set by his acclaimed quartet with pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade that makes up Celebration Volume 1 particularly excited him.

 

Captured at Stockholm Jazz Festival, the tracks include some of the group’s favourite pieces including Zero Gravity, Orbits, Lotus, and Shorter’s interpretation of the traditional Irish air, She Moves Through the Fair.

 

Blue Note will also be celebrating Shorter’s legacy with reissues of classic albums including a Tone Poet Vinyl Edition of Odyssey of Iska (1970), a Classic Vinyl Edition of JuJu (1964) and a blue vinyl edition of Speak No Evil (1964), which will be available exclusively through Blue Note authorised dealers.

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