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  • Audio CD (October 17, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B00000470E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,797 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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WAYNE SHORTER QUARTET

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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Thank you to Mr. shorter and Mr. Miller.
"margsgrandkid"
A minor disappointment is the fact that Miller doesn't take any extended solos on the album, but his playing and fills are still impeccably good.
Kevin L. Junemann
"Maya" and "Midnight in Carlotta's Hair" just brilliant compositions, ethereal, just the way modern jazz should sound.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 1998
Format: Audio CD
High Life is an album that disappoints in one fashion: you wish Wayne Shorter would produce more music which features electric and electronic instruments interpreting his musical scores. On this album, Shorter, in his customary fashion, composes clever, adventurous, and logical melodies. The album also features Shorter's masterfully underplayed and understated yet spacious saxophone playing. His supporting cast of Marcus Miller, Will Calhoun, Rachel Z, and David Gilmore, among others, do a wonderful job bringing his songs to life. And what songs! His auditory writings evoke vivid visual images in the mind. At the Fair, where one can almost see a merry-go-round and ferris wheel spinning in the air, and Pandora's Awakening, where the song transforms as if Pandora's Box was actually opened, are prime examples. This album has been panned by those who seem to long for the Shorter of the past. Time moves on and Shorter's art has evolved in a most sophisticated manner. Please Wayne give us more!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ian K. Hughes on September 27, 2002
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Following the breakup of the famed fusion band Weather Report, Wayne Shorter set forth on decade-long musical journey, recording four albums of music which placed more emphasis on tightly controlled "through composition". The last of these albums was "HIGH LIFE" ( 1995 ), in which Shorter ( in addition to playing tenor/soprano saxophone ) wrote, orchestrated and arranged all the compositions ( performed by a small contingent of brass/woodwind/string instruments mixed with the standard "fusion" rhythm section and Rachel Z's synthesized background material ). A certain level of "maximalism" is on display, as Shorter the craftsman meticulously plies his trade: asymmetrical melodic themes, syncopated electric bass lines and lush impressionistic harmony woven into Marcus Miller's propulsive production style.
"HIGH LIFE" is an adventurous blend of mystery and romance, a stroll through an aural carnival ( jazz, pop, classical and "world" music as seen through the funhouse mirror ). Production elements notwithstanding, it would be a mistake to identify the "popular" surface of the music as any concession to the mass market since Shorter's distinctive musical personality ( incredibly consistent over 40 years ) is readily apparent throughout. To be sure, "HIGH LIFE" is not the same type of ensemble effort as the Miles Davis Quintet or Weather Report; it would perhaps be better to think of the music as a kind of "soundtrack in search of a film", its cinematic aesthetic akin to the nocturnal peregrinations of the late Astor Piazzolla ( e.g. "ZERO HOUR" ). While he has recently returned ( "FOOTPRINTS: LIVE!" ) to the acoustic jazz combo format, the "urban contemporary" style of "HIGH LIFE" deserves attention as yet another example of Wayne Shorter's longstanding creativity.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 2001
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This album might sound strange for some or too electric for old Wayne shorter lovers...but one thing for sure , it' s one of the best recording of the nineties.....wonderful compositions, superior harmonies , great sounds.....the musicians are brilliant from Marcus Miller to David Gilmore and Rachel Z ... Playing on layers with and against each other ...The climax of the songs remains strangely monotonous leaving all the room for the music to speak ... Wayne Shorter proves once again that he's one of the great innovators and inventors , opening new paths for the new generation of musicians...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By canhandlethetruth on March 17, 2005
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Being a sax and bass player I was thrilled when Miller and Shorter got together on this one. "Maya" and "Midnight in Carlotta's Hair" just brilliant compositions, ethereal, just the way modern jazz should sound. Miller fits in just right without any hardcore slapping...hope they collaborate again
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "margsgrandkid" on September 3, 2003
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The context is a refreshing change of pace from the snobbish and overbearing offers from some of the "old lions" out there.
If you aren't a Wayne Shorter fan, you will certainly become a fan of bassist/producer Marcus Miller. Whose brilliant and upbeat style, brings a bright shine to the musical mixture.
This is a listeners' album, and if you truly like to listen to music, this is an offering which will defintely have you doing so on a regular basis.
It is unfortunate that it had so limited a release the first time around.
Thank you to Mr. shorter and Mr. Miller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Howard Mandel on February 7, 2013
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High Life highlights Wayne Shorter's compositions, somewhat more than his soprano and tenor saxophone playing, and it is performed by a fairly large number of musicians in shifting ensembles, unlike his projects on Blue Note (in the '60s), with Weather Report (through the '70s until 1985), nor the quartet he established in 2000 and has worked with ever since (into 2013). But it is quite enjoyable, because his compositions here are highly melodic while being expansive, and his improvisations are not stingy with notes but rather self-assured, even when exploratory. These tracks slink, slither and stream forth with unpredictability but also sure-footedness. The textures of the ensemble are glossy and sleek, which suit Shorter as a player -- he blows against and over them. I think this is one of Shorter's best (by which I mean, most listenable, repeatedly) albums after his tenure with Miles Davis and partnership with Joe Zawinul. It's not the masterpiece -- that would be Native Dancer. But yes, I recommend High Life.
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