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The wire is thin and stretched tight between two poles. On one end is everything known – the safe sounds, the expected chords resolving in expected ways. On the far end is something more elusive – the magic realm where jazz becomes what the critic Whitney Balliett once called “the sound of surprise.”

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  • Audio CD (May 21, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • ASIN: B0000633JW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,852 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The only thing more astonishing than the originality and complexity of tenor saxophonist-composer Wayne Shorter's music is that this CD is his first live recording as a leader. Captured in Europe in the summer of 2001, Shorter's compositions are reinvented by Danilo Perez's sterling pianisms, John Patitucci's rock-steady bass lines, and drummer Brian Blade's stunning synthesis of Elvin Jones and Tony Williams' styles. "Masquelero," "Sanctuary," and the hypnotic "Footprints" are resurrected from his stint in Miles Davis's '60s combos. "Go," the African-derived "Juju," and Shorter's ingenious arrangement of Jean Sibelius's "Valse Triste" come from his Blue Note LPs of the same era. The moody melodicisms of "Atlantis" and the Afro-Eurasian evocations of "Aung San Suu Kyi," named for the Burmese political activist, are from Shorter recordings from 1985 and 1997. Simply put, Wayne Shorter is a jazz god, and these are his sacred sonic scriptures. Eugene Holley Jr.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Silberman on May 22, 2002
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I hate when reviewers use hackneyed phrases like "a return to form," but that's what Wayne Shorter has done on this album. It's a return to the lean, haunted, fiercely beautiful, exploratory small group format he plumbed the depths of during his Blue Note years, on such brilliant albums as "Adam's Apple" and "Juju." What a relief! It's been disheartening to hear Shorter's inimitable voice become first little more than another special effect in the Weather Report machine, and then pop up here and there in cluttered settings on his own later albums. (I know, I know, "Mysterious Traveller" and even "Heavy Weather" were majestic and ...kicking in places, but Shorter's own laser-like contributions were frequently overwhelmed by Zawinul's synth orchestrations, which sound more dated and time-bound these days than Shorter's earlier work.) Most disappointing of all, perhaps, was that weird duet session with Herbie Hancock several years ago, which promised intimacy and telepathy, and delivered only a couple of weary masters recycling their tonal cliches.
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.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mitch Bogen on August 13, 2002
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First, a word about Wayne Shorter the saxophonist. Wayne Shorter does NOT play cliches. EVER. He never inflict mindless bop runs on the listener--the kind that only prove the soloist's ability to finger, while leaving everyone else bored. This is not to say he doesn't have technique. I hear some phrases on this recording that would take a week to transcribe.
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!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Davis on July 1, 2002
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This exceptional recording is long overdue. Wayne Shorter is one of our most gifted composers and an excellent saxophonist. This live recording captures him and his quartet at a pinnacle in his career. I have often thought that Wayne would fade off into the sunset after his duet recording with Herbie Hancock. But this recording shows that his creative juices are rising and new territory is being sought after and conquered. This Quartet is very tight and approach the creative interactiveness of Dave Hollands Quintet. This music absolutely smokes. This will get a lot of votes for record of the year. I am looking forward to the follow-up CD. Welcome back Wayne. Your vibe is strong. Peace.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Marsella on December 31, 2003
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Always innovative and at times downright explosive the group that Wayne Shorter has assembled is the best jazz ensemble that is out there touring these days. ( Herbie Hancock with Hargrove. Brecker, et al...comes in a close second in my book). This is jazz as it should be heard. Spontaneous and full of energy and interplay between the musicians. I had the chance to see this group earlier this year and it was one of the highlights of 2003 for me. They lit the place up. Now, the recording while outstanding is admittedly no substitute for a live performance. However this is a wonderful live set that captures the spirit of what this fine group of musicians can create on any given night.The two best live cds that I've heard in a long time are this one and live at Massey hall from Hancock's group.
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2002
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Wayne Shorter's new record is nothing short of spectacular. This could be, quite possibly, one of the best jazz records released in recent memory.
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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