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Finally, Wayne has surrounded himself with young players who obviously SCHOOLED themselves on those great Miles and Blue Note-era albums. The dark magus of Miles hovers over this session; like The Great Quintet, this is a band that can be lovely and terrifying in the same three bars. Blade is clearly the most energetic and sensitive young jazz drummer out there these days, Pattitucci is eminently tasteful and into-it, and Perez is all over the changes of such devastatingly beautiful melodies as "Masqualero" and "Footprints," deconstructing and reinventing while staying true to the incendiary spirit of the original recordings.Read more ›
Further, Wayne Shorter listens, and inspires his band to do the same. And he is always aware of shifting the mood and tone of a piece as it proceeds. This is why Footprints Live is an excellent example of the jazz art form. Memo to Stanley Crouch et al-- there are not even 30 seconds of "swing" on this recording, and nothing could be more jazz than this.
What do we get instead? We get passages of gaiety, bravura, majesty, anguish, play, reflection, and more. We get metamorphisizing grooves that move us from event to event. We get an escape from routine music making.
Oh...the compositions. Wayne writes themes that are accessible but that can never be reduced to conventional modes. They encourage the player to avoid rote expressions.
For all these things and more, Wayne Shorter deserves some kind of medal. Or at least to be heard. Check out Footprints Live!
As for the tunes here..Footprints from Miles Smiles sounds fresh and new and the other Shorter compositions give these musicians an opportunity to display their own unique interpretations.
Finally Brian Blades is an absolute killer on drums. When I saw them live he was just amazing and that clearly comes across here. Perez is a very inventive soloist and his comping is never boring. These guys really kick butt...check this out if you haven't had the chance to see them yet.
I had a friend who wasn't into jazz ask me for recommendations about records to "start out" with. Normally, I list the usual records, Kind of Blue, A Love Supreme, some Ella, some Louis...but this time I also felt compelled to recommend Footprints live!. There are so few records made during this era that hold up the classics. This record is that good--so awe inspiring and beautiful it needs to be ranked next to some of the great records in this or any genre. God bless Wayne Shorter.
Did anyone catch his quotation from the Jurassic Park theme song in Aung San Suu Kyi? He's a huge sci-fi and movie buff apparently.
And if you have a chance, catch this band live. They are so much better now than when they recorded the record. The level of dialogue that goes on between the quartet is pure telepathy.
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Listening to this, I can't believe it wasn't recorded in 1959 because it feels right at home alongside "Giant Steps," "Kind of Blue" and "The Shape of Jazz to... Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by Marc Beaudin
Some of the greatest musicians in jazz creating some very poor music. What a disappointment. The music goes nowhere. It is a shame because the line up of players id awesome.Published on January 2, 2012 by Joseph S. Calato
"I'm generally not a fan of live recordings..." Obviously not a musician. "Trading precision for immediacy?" What is that supposed to mean? Was 'Four and More' too "imprecise"? Read morePublished on October 23, 2010 by Ray Hicks
Different people will approach this and other recent Shorter albums along different paths. Younger listeners might never have heard any Shorter at all in which case they'll have... Read morePublished on February 28, 2009 by Roger Berlind
Footprints Live! is a compilation of the live concerts Wayne Shorter did with his new group consisting of Danilo Perez, piano; John Patatucci, bass and Brian Blade on drums from... Read morePublished on October 22, 2008 by Dennis W. Wong
Check out the booklet that accompanies this CD. Shorter's image is caught sometimes in full, sometimes distorted, and sometimes lonely partially. Read morePublished on April 7, 2005 by Crabby Apple Mick Lee
I heard this group live in Stockholm the other day, and this experience made me fully realize what this CD is about. Read morePublished on March 20, 2005 by Dag Korlin
Wayne Shorter has always been able to flow from one stage to the next. This group now is an embarkment from where he was since he seldom played after his Weather Report days. Read morePublished on May 3, 2004
i dont have this album, but i just saw them in concert (this band) and it blew my mind how good they were! i was laughing the whole time it was so good! Read morePublished on April 6, 2004