Candid to release a new Wayne Shorter live album in September

A 2017 live recording made at the Detroit Jazz Festival is to be released on the revived Candid label by Wayne Shorter with drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, pianist Leo Genovese and double bassist Esperanza Spalding. Geri Allen's 'Drummer's Song' …

Published: 13 Jul 2022. Updated: 28 days.

A 2017 live recording made at the Detroit Jazz Festival is to be released on the revived Candid label by Wayne Shorter with drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, pianist Leo Genovese and double bassist Esperanza Spalding.

Geri Allen's 'Drummer's Song' (a composition that appeared on the album Open On All Sides - In The Middle (Minor Music, 1987) from the release is streaming.

Wayne Shorter (88) who has composed an opera in recent years with Esperanza no longer plays concerts. And this was one of his last.

The album includes 'Endangered Species', 'Encontros e Despedidas,' the Allen piece mentioned above and Shorter's 'Midnight In Carlotta’s Hair,' a piece included on the subsequent Grammy-winning 1995-released High Life album.

The Detroit performance release is dedicated to the memory of Geri Allen who died in 2017 and was to have been part of the group. The vinyl version among the issuing formats includes a piece with a Shakespearean resonance in the titling called 'The Stuff That Dreams Are Made of (a Conversation).'

Wayne Shorter in 1964, photo: Francis Wolff

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Tyshawn Sorey trio, Mesmerism, Pi *****

S'wonderful. Added to albums of the year so far to appear in the next update. Drummer, composer and influential educator Tyshawn Sorey here with pianist Aaron Diehl and bassist Matt Brewer steps away you'd think from the avant-garde for this slice …

Published: 12 Jul 2022. Updated: 28 days.

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S'wonderful. Added to albums of the year so far to appear in the next update. Drummer, composer and influential educator Tyshawn Sorey here with pianist Aaron Diehl and bassist Matt Brewer steps away you'd think from the avant-garde for this slice of what becomes dream jazz dipping in and out of elements of a well-worn canon while still sounding like the future. Diehl responds beyond his comfort zone and is more circumspect than ever. That obliqueness he finds suits him. Brewer usually is most comfortable with for want of a better description chamber-jazz or advanced progressive sounds couched in post-bop and again seems redirected and shaped by Sorey into another fresh universe entirely.

Pieces include Horace Silver’s 'Enchantment' where Diehl strips out the Cape Verdean rhythmic ingredient to rearrange and reharmonise it in the process finding a lot more space for its motifs and sense of grace to linger that bit longer and more tellingly. Muhal Richard Abrams' 'Two Over One' and Duke Ellington's 'REM Blues' plus Paul Motian’s 'From Time to Time' are also here. The version of 'Autumn Leaves' is perhaps the weakest choice for inclusion. Sorey, in Vijay Iyer's trio on the Uneasy record, sounds very different. He casts instead a critical eye over a tradition in radical transformation and if anything hits even more of a bull's eye than on that formidable record. An early strong contender for album of the year it's not rash to claim given what we know. SG

Aaron Diehl, top left, Tyshawn Sorey, Matt Brewer. Photo: from the sleeve

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