July 26, 2013 – 4:56 am

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Marseille 2013 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Festival des Cinq Continents, Parc de Longchamp, Marseille, France; July 23, 2013. Very good to excellent FM broadcast.

Saxophonist Wayne Shorter will be 80 on August 25 and this performance at the Festival des Cinq Continents in Marseille has been touted as an 80th birthday celebration. If only all of us could be so fortunate!

And in February 2013, Shorter made his return to Blue Note Records after 43 years and released Without A Net, his new album with his long-running Quartet featuring pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade.

Reviewing Without A Net for the BBC, Marcus J. Moore wrote:

Jazz great Wayne Shorter recently spoke to the heart of his genre. “The six years I was with Miles (Davis), we never talked about music,” he told National Public Radio in the US. “We never had a rehearsal. How do you rehearse the unknown?”

He’s absolutely right. When done properly, jazz is a boundless medium through which improvisation is allowed to breathe. In fact, it’s encouraged…

So in the truest essence of jazz, Without a Net is a sharp return to the music’s brighter days. Orbits is a repurposed version of the Miles Davis Quintet’s 1967 song of the same name. Shorter played on the original, a sprightly number of quick drum snares and lively piano chords.

Shorter’s version is a bit darker and more methodical: above unsettled piano keys and cascading percussion, he infuses the melody with sporadic horn fills. It all makes for an exceptional recording, the saxophonist’s first since 2005’s Beyond the Sound Barrier.

Here, Shorter is firmly at the helm, yet benevolent enough to play the background when needed. The rhythm has taken him far.

Thanks to watten who recorded the show and shared the tracks at Dime.

Picture by Robert Ascroft, posted at imnworld.com - Thanks!

FIP (FM) / Naim Uniti / RH-09R / Audacity / Xact

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Track 01 was originally more than an hour long. It’s been arbitrarily split here for easier access.
Track 01. Untitled
Part 01a. (11.7MB)
Part 01b. (16.3MB)
Part 01c. (18.7MB)
Part 01d. (19.3MB)
Part 01e. (15.7MB)
Part 01f. (20.0MB)
Part 01g. (11.3MB)
Track 02. Untitled (7.3MB)
Track 03. Untitled (5.9MB)
75 mins

Wayne Shorter - saxophone
Danilo Perez - piano
John Patitucci - bass
Brian Blade - drums

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  1. 4 Responses to “WAYNE SHORTER QUARTET - MARSEILLE 2013”

  2. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Jul 26, 2013

  3. OH, yea!

    By Jack on Jul 26, 2013

  4. Thanks for the opportunity to hear more recent live Wayne Shorter. This is quite moody and non-conventional and the sound quality is pretty good. I also was plesantly surprised to discover Shorter’s latest album, “Without a Net” (also live) to be much better than my expectation.

    By Zaar Locust on Aug 3, 2013

  5. fans of this guy will definitely appreciate this 80 min sbd quality recording from a couple of weeks ago -


    By darth on Aug 6, 2013

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