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Without A Net

4 Feb. 2013 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Feb. 2013
  • Release Date: 1 Feb. 2013
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2013 Blue Note Records
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  • Total Length: 1:17:20
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  • ASIN: B00B17BGXG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,691 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By RBSProds TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Feb. 2013
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5 BRILLIANT Stars! Wayne Shorter's first Blue Note recording in decades is "Without A Net", capturing one of the most influential and riveting groups on the jazz scene in recent years, recorded live mostly on tour in Europe and one mega-track with guests in Los Angeles. On the CD, this all-star group excels at the art of spontaneous composition and exciting interplay and improvisation. The famed composer, tenor and soprano sax giant's all star group consists of the stylings of Danilo Perez on piano, John Patitucci on bass, Brian Blade on drums. The 'best of the best' begins with the classic "Orbits" from Wayne's halcyon days with Miles Davis beginning with Perez' bottom bass notes contrasting Wayne's soprano sax, and the edgy, soaring beauty of "Plaza Real" from his Weather Report days. Other outstanding performances include the awesome "Zero Gravity to the 10th Power", "S.S. Golden Mean" with Shorter quoting directly from "Manteca" over an insistent vamp, and perhaps best of all, the 23 minute wonderfully-arranged "Pegasus" with The IMani Winds as an integral part of the Los Angeles proceedings, plus an out-of-this-world "Flying Down to Rio", with heroic Perez pianism, from the European tour is flat out amazing. At age 79, Wayne Shorter is at the height of his musical powers and still pushing the envelope 2 decades into the 21st Century with this exceptional group here playing classics and 6 new compositions and it gets My Highest Recommendation. "I dare you", indeed! Five EXCELLENT Stars.
(9 tracks; 77 minutes:27 seconds. Based strongly on this recording and live performances, seven months after this review, Wayne Shorter and group won top awards in 2013 from the DownBeat International Jazz Critics Poll: Jazz Artist, Soprano Sax, Jazz Group, and Jazz Album.)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ian Thumwood on 16 Feb. 2013
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The current quartet of Wayne Shorter has been described as his best ever band and the most important group working in jazz at the moment. Despite being around for over a decade, this is only the third full outing on disc plus the mix and match studio session "Allegria." Like the earlier recordings on the quartet, this is another compilation of live recordings and such is the excellence of this group, there is nothing to really judge between them. Everythning this quartet puts out turns to gold dust and this record is typical in the way themese are dismantled and re-assembled in a fashion with a degree of telepathy that is akin to the chemistry of Miles Davis' lengendary quintet as captured on last year's "Bootleg series # volume 1." I really don't think there is another band which matches Shorter's for creativity. The dialogue between Shorter and Perez is as compelling as ever with Pattitucci anchoring the music in a fashion that is redefining the bass in small group jazz. As ever, Brian Blade's combastic hand-grenades certainly ensure that the music remains on it's toes and he playing bristles with excitement and joy. It's fantastic to hear old works like "Orbits" totally re-working or the old Weather Report number "Plaza Real" re-caste in a pretty outside fashion.

That said, the addition of the wind ensemble on the lengthy "Pegasus" neatly dovetails in to the ethos of the band and ensures that this is probably the strongest track on the whole album.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bruce TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Feb. 2013
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How appropriate that as he approaches his 80th birthday, Wayne Shorter comes back to the label that made his name. In fact this is a return in many ways. So in the February edition of JazzWise magazine he talks about how this is going back to where he left off with Miles' great Quintet that also included Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. If you hadn't read that interview, the first track here gives you a clue, as "Orbits" was written by Shorter for that band.

Much like the live band of The Complete Live At The Plugged Nickel 1965, themes in this live set can be short and cursory, leading to extended free improvisation. In the previously mentioned interview he explains how "rehearsals" just consist of the band determining not to play like they did the night before and making sure they don't repeat themselves.

So in this album we have 8 tracks recorded live on the road, where we hear how this band respond to each other and play in the moment. Plus there is a 23 minute track recorded with an extended wind band/section."Pegasus" is quite different and hints at a new direction for Wayne in the contemporary classical field. The "Imani Winds" play music written and arranged carefully and not freely improvised like the rest of the album - although the quartet do take this on into spontaneous territory.

In a way this album sums up the best of Shorter's brilliant career and puts him firmly at the top of his profession as both improvisor and composer.
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