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Tuneless & disappointing
on 3 January 2014
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.