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High Life

5 Oct 2000 | Format: MP3

£7.99 (VAT included if applicable)
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5:35
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  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 53:11
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  • ASIN: B001KRS20M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,332 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Nov 2000
Format: Audio CD
I bought this on a whim and WOW it was a good decision! On this album Shorter develops some of the compositional ideas he pursued on his 1986 album Atlantis. But whereas Atlantis was struggling to have some kind of 'soundtack' theme, this album succeeds. High Life has the feel of a suite - every song sounds the same as the last, but is also a variation and new twist on the last. The only weak track is the last one which seesms to be a coda to the wonderful writing and playing before it. A note on Shorter's sax playing style - very much like his playing on 1+1, very 'shrieky', and his solos are gut-wrenching! Solos of more beauty and pain I have never heard before! As on Atlantis, Shorter overdubs soprano and tenor parts, creating the striking effect of the presence of two different but complementary sax soloists. Those seeking Shorter in similar contexts may want to explore Atlantis or John Scofield's Quiet which I think shares a number of similarities to High Life, including the presence of Shorter as soloist (on some tracks).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bassman on 26 Feb 2012
Format: Audio CD
This must be the one that got away. It has the beautiful and unique compositional stylings of the
great Mr. Shorter. Full of magnificent surprises and texture. Marcus Miller is fabulous holding down complex
grooves on bass. This is jazz composition for the 21st century. Fantastic stuff!
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I must admit missing this one when it came out in the mid 1990's - at that time I perceived that Wayne Shorter was well behind the curve with regard to what was happening in jazz and the classic quartet was still some five or six years ahead in the future. For me, Wayne Shorter's prime was with Miles' quintet and his work on Blue Note. "Weather Report" seemed ok but this already seemed like something from another era. It was only hearing Wayne Shorter play live in 2001 that turned me on to his playing and having explored his work since that date, have really started to appreciate his genius as both a creative improvisor and a visonary with his pen.

Not being a fan of fusion and having been put off his music by the over-processed "Phanton Navigator" I had over-looked this gem. In fact, this CD is nothing like the Wayne Shorter version of "Tutu" that I had imagined and is an effort to embrace a contemporary vision of jazz with aspects of Classical music albeit there are some robust bass lines that you won't hear at the Proms! Granted that this record yield's its gems slowly and with repeated listening, it still stands up to scrutiny far better than you would imagine after nearly 17 years.

Although the current quartet is taking jazz improvisation to new levels of excellence, it is a band that has worked in conjunction with both string and wind ensembles and this effort, if you like, seems to pre-empt these developments in many respects. A large orchestra is featured on many of the tracks (not all) and whilst Wayne Shorter's soprano and tenor are the principle solo voices, the ensemble is dominated by Marcus Miller who contributes some of the most intelligent and musical bass guitar I've heard on disc.
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