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Worth a listen, but is it the best?,
This review is from: Without A Net (Audio CD)
This quartet of Wayne Shorter's has a history now, and it strikes me that on "Footprints" they were warming up, on "Beyond the sound barrier" they consolidated something that will really last, and on this album . . . well, I must admit the four stars are all for Shorter's playing, composition and role as a catalyst in trying to keep this music's momentum free yet focussed; I honestly would not go out of my way to hear the trio live on their own.
The longest track "Pegasus" at twenty-three minutes is a multi-part work of some complexity, but its developmental momentum is hampered by some rather leaden and turgid drumming, the kind one might have expected from a 1973 prog rock band. If Pegasus was the flying horse in Greek mythology, this element keeps the music from taking off. On the whole I think this music deserves better than such shambling backbeats.
The opening and closing tracks are of great originality, full of the focussed freedom I mentioned already, probably the most striking new recordings I've heard recently.
If you're a fan of Wayne Shorter of course you'll have to hear this, but I wouldn't expect unalloyed brilliance.