Customer Reviews


14 Reviews
5 star:
 (10)
4 star:
 (1)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:
 (3)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANCE & VIRTUOSITY: WAYNE SHORTER QUARTET RECORDED LIVE IN EUROPE & THE USA,
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...
Published 17 months ago by RBSProds

versus
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I'm a great admirer of Wayne Shorter but there are times - such as this - when at least to my mind he disappears up his proverbial without a tune. Well played and all that but without soul.
Published 14 months ago by Big A


‹ Previous | 1 2 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANCE & VIRTUOSITY: WAYNE SHORTER QUARTET RECORDED LIVE IN EUROPE & THE USA,, 5 Feb 2013
By 
RBSProds "rbsprods" (Deep in the heart of Texas) - See all my reviews
(TOP 1000 REVIEWER)   
This review is from: Without A Net (Audio CD)
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.)
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Return to Blue Note., 11 Feb 2013
By 
Bruce "from Brighton" (UK - England) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Without A Net (Audio CD)
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. It goes without saying that all of the players here are virtuosos of the highest order, but none of the music is about showing off in any way and John Patitucci often takes a backseat, where he is very much the leader on his own records.

Nearly 80 minutes of great music from the best quartet playing in world Jazz today has got to be an essential purchase for any Jazz fans, although this is edgy music performed "without a net" on the cutting edge. I have my reservations about the cover art, which I didn't really like - but that's not going to stop anybody enjoying this new release from one of Jazz's longest-running artists.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest group in jazz hits the heights again...., 16 Feb 2013
By 
Ian Thumwood "ian17577" (Winchester) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Without A Net (Audio CD)
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. Although the initial four minutes resemble something that could have been written by a classical composer in the first half of the 20th century, the whole nature of the composition changes with the introduction of the quartet with both the ante being considerably "upped" and the writing for the ensemble mirroring the more abstruct and no body solos / everybody solos aspect of the quartet. The melody of one of Shorter's best of late and somehow the ensemble manage to work up a riff to produce some of the most exciting playing on the whole record.

For my money anything Wayne Shorter puts out on record must be snapped up. The standard of this record certainly matches their previous efforts and I would suggest that the including of a wind ensemble on one track does add another dimension. No group is jazz currently plays so much real music per square inch as Wayne Shorter's quartet and even in early February this is looking like a shoe in for best jazz album of 2013. An essential purchase.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Top!, 10 Feb 2014
By 
Ad Arma "Ad Arma" (Holland, (Les Pays Bas)) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Without A Net (Audio CD)
Have to write because it is unundersandable to see some two-star reviews are written here on this album..
Seen him live with this super-band in a large hall ( Jazz festival North Sea jazz in Rotterdam) The place was crowded and a long line in front of the door waiting. That waiting was rewarded when about 5% came out after the first number..GOOD!
Immidiately the place was filled again and everybody stayed in, breathless..
Wayne plays inside himself, hardly any public-contact, but deep concentrated inner and near intuitive playing is coming out. Creating a kind of cupola over his listeners in wich they are gathered in sphere.. Miles could do that, it happened in concerts like the Koln Concert or Scala-concert of Keith Jarrett and it happens with Wayne.
Great fat piano, good band over all, life-recording, Over 76 minutes of sound,a very fantastic experience.
Wayne is on his top here, and alive is where and how he is to be heard.
Second best is here, on this CD.
Personally still think the CD ( from the LP) Sweet Nighter is best in earlier years with that stamping swing and this one clearly showing where he came..; In the field of the full-develloped Top !! Still that very personal tone and the yells coming from his horn..
It is a gift to be able to listen ánd hear this outcome. That hearing, the opened wideness of the ears and mind, enjoying the fields where these sounds bring you, is discovered and opened by concessionless players like Wayne Shorter.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz at its best, 31 July 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Without A Net (Audio CD)
Jazz lovers should not miss out on this great recording which presents Shorter at his fluent best. How that man can play and the accompanying rhythm section does him proud.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Cutting edge music by a great Quartet., 18 Jun 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Without A Net (MP3 Download)
Ever since the days of Weather Report I have enjoyed Wayne Shorter's music.Prior to Weather Report Wayne had already achieved great things with composition and playing. Undoubtedly one of the greats of Jazz playing with first class musicians in this Quartet he has again produced music of the highest calibre.
I was lucky enough to catch the Wayne Shorter Quartet 'live' at Pescara Jazz Festival last year playing some of this material. If love love jazz then buy this album!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!, 28 April 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Without A Net (Audio CD)
Again, a great recording by the Shorter Quartet, a little more abstract than the previous live album "Beyond The Sound Barrier". One of the best groups around in contemporary jazz...
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars A legendary octogenarian strays out of the safe zone to create a masterpiece, 7 April 2013
By 
The Guardian (UK) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (TOP 50 REVIEWER)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Without A Net (Audio CD)
At 79 years old, Wayne Shorter and his quartet (together with a bunch of guest horn players as sidemen) have produced a kind of jazz masterpiece, the definitive statement to round off a long and illustrious career.

Always the quintessential musician's musician, Shorter remains true to his lifelong principles and emphatically refuses to play safe. `Without a Net' is a collection of the quartet's onstage performances from their recent European and US tours. Each of the nine pieces takes the basic theme of the number and then (usually - but not always - led by Shorter's sax) explores a new musical landscape through lengthy improvisation, the result by turns experimental and inventive, jarringly atonal or melodically sublime. An almost telepathic level of communication exists between these A-list musicians, each at the top of their game and collectively creating possibly the most seminal musical improvisations of our age. Each performance is unique, never-to-be-repeated.

Ambient background dinner party jazz this definitely ain't. What Shorter offers the listener is jazz as high art: imaginative, never afraid to break boundaries, visionary and often delightfully unexpected.

The jewel-case and four-page foldout insert don't exactly make for a premium package, and the simple (though distinctive in an understated way) artwork is unlikely to be destined for `classic design' status either. But this music is deep, profound, courageous, sublime. Press `play', crank up the volume and prepare to be blown away by the sheer virtuosity and inventive brilliance about to assault your ears.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 16 May 2013
By 
Big A (Bodrum, Turkey) - See all my reviews
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Without A Net (Audio CD)
I'm a great admirer of Wayne Shorter but there are times - such as this - when at least to my mind he disappears up his proverbial without a tune. Well played and all that but without soul.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tuneless & disappointing, 3 Jan 2014
By 
A. R. Durham "Top Dog Max" (Wiltshire, UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Without A Net (Audio CD)
Breaks my heart to say this, but as a Wayne Shorter fan of more years than I care to remember - this much anticipated album is a real let down. As much of Wayne's career has been based on his excellent writing - the material here is non-existent. Just a buch of tuneless squwarking and complex time signatures without resolution.

I have seen this band play a few times, and in concert they are dynamite and inventive; but listening at home - just comes across as strained and contrived. The CD stays in the player for a a few songs and then gets turned off. Simple as that, I'm afraid - plays havoc with your tooth fillings and not one to impress your granny. The cat might appreciate it though - sounds like a bunch of tabbies in a midnight chorus.

However, if this band is your fave, then I would recommend Wayne's ALEGRIA album of a few years ago which has great tunes & arrangements. It seemed to slip a bit under the radar at the time, but one for re-assessment.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


‹ Previous | 1 2 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Without A Net
Without A Net by Wayne Shorter
Buy MP3 Album7.99
Add to wishlist See buying options
Only search this product's reviews