Eight albums 1959-1964.
A must have for fans from the legendary Wayne Shorter ‘Early Albums And Rare Grooves’ a bumper treat of eight albums. The celebrated American jazz saxophonist - often referred to as the greatest living composer - was an inspiration for hard boppers and fusionists alike. Wayne’s mastery is in knocking down the wall between jazz and classical. His music not only makes references to the Miles Davis Quintet of the mid-1960s, of which Mr. Shorter was a member, but also shows the stylistic influences of John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. Then, too, he helped create jazz/fusion, founding Weather Report with Joe Zawinul in 1970.
His roots in the music can be traced to the night in the late '40s when Mr. Shorter first heard Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker on the radio. He cut classes to listen to musicians like Dizzy Gillespie, eventually learning to play a used clarinet and starting his own band. The saxophonist Sonny Stitt offered him a job as sideman, but he declined because he had not yet finished high school.
Mr. Shorter has performed with legendary jazzmen, from the pianist Horace Silver to the bandleader Maynard Ferguson. The trumpeter Lee Morgan invited him to join Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. During his tenure with the group, Mr. Shorter wrote "Lester Left Town," "Children of the Night" and "This Is for Albert," dedicated to the pianist Bud Powell. In 1964, he left the Messengers and joined the Davis quintet. Miles Davis would later describe Mr. Shorter as being the group's "intellectual musical catalyst."Do not miss the chance to get your mitts on this beauty! It is a gem!