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5.0 out of 5 stars The Magician-Wayne Shorter, June 21, 2012
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Wayne Shorter: The Complete Columbia Albums Collection Wayne Shorter's career is a stellar one as musician, composer, arranger and leader. He served for roughly a half dozen years as Art Blakey's Musical Director, a notable stint with Miles Davis' great quintet of the mid sixties, launching a solo career of nearly dizzying variety, co-founder of the highly influential jazz fusion group Weather Report, each accomplishment of which would have established him as a legendary figure in jazz, America's most notable native art form. This collection offers up ALL of the compositions Wayne wrote for Weather Report from 1974-1985, offering a much-needed overview of the breadth of his work with the group. The remaining discs offer extraordinary variety and vision from one of America's greatest living composers.

My favorite Shorter project? Native Dancer, a collaborative effort between Americans from both continents-composer/vocalist/guitarist Milton Nascimento , Mr Shorter & Herbie Hancock all working to create at the highest level in the service of the music.

These first 3CDs are worth your time & attention-the balance-Atlantis, Phantom Navigator, Joy Rider display in bold relief Mr. Shorter's genuis.

This collection belongs in every serious music lovers library.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice to hear Shorter's fusion work properly mastered..., September 19, 2012
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Joe S. (Sacramento, CA) - See all my reviews
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I've had CDs of Phantom Navigator (which contains one of the greatest fusion tunes of all time, Condition Red) and Joy Ryder for a couple decades, but the mastering of those discs was so poorly done, they didn't even use the full resolution available with 16-bit audio. The mastering of the discs in this box set at least gets that down properly, finally using the full 16 bits. This appears to be the case with at least one of the Weather Report tunes as well ("When it Was Now" -- I have the original Weather Report CD), indicating consistency across the box set in this regard. Too bad it took decades to get this right, but better late than never.

For any fan of Shorter's fusion work, this is a must-buy.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's Wayne? Right here, w/ 2 much needed reissues..., November 30, 2012
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E. Weed (Houston, TX) - See all my reviews
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With 2 Weather Report boxes out from Sony, and now this Shorter box, I'm feeling like it's the '70's again...then realizing that was 40 years ago. And I was there, in music school at North Texas even, with Weather Report's 1st and 4th albums leading me on. Hard way to make a living, especially if you're not an obsessive genius (and I wasn't)...

I like this box a lot, first, because it offers a remastered reissue of Native Dancer, which introduced many of us to Milton Nascimento, and is a wonderful, joyful yet poignant small masterpiece. Milton and Wayne were an ideal pair, and this record is about Brazil and the US colliding again, 10 years after the bossa nova explosion of the '60's. It's not about virtuosity; it's about music (but with some great players). And it now sounds better than ever.

The 2nd thing I like about this box relates to my having more or less moved on from Weather Report, roughly after Heavy Weather, which led to me overlooking Wayne's 2nd album for Columbia, Atlantis, ca. 1985. Although it came 10 years after Native Dancer, it's the same Wayne, but with wonderfully dense wind choirs (some of which are assisted courtesy of even alto flute and the Synclavier), excellent playing from the sidemen (including Larry Klein on bass and Alex Acuna on drums). Atlantis is very much about Wayne's compositions -- and when you look Wayne up in the All Music Guide (for example), his skills as a composer are as much emphasized as his saxophone playing. He does some great solo work on Atlantis, but it is for some really superb tunes and the overall feel of excellent chemistry of the players that I would rank it almost as highly as Native Dancer.

The All Music Guide reviewers did not speak highly of any of Wayne's 3 Columbia albums after Native Dancer (though they loved Native Dancer -- hard not to). I strenuously disagree about Atlantis, but I must confess that the next two, Phantom Navigator and Joy Ryder, seemed only intermittantly inspired. First, to like Phantom Navigator, you've got to like electronic drum sound and synthesizers, including syth bass (although there is electric bass as well), with a bit of a nod to dance music. The feel just didn't work for me. Joy Ryder struck me in parts as an effort to return to a mid-period Weather Report sound: Wayne, with drums, electric bass, and lots of keyboards, but Patrice Rushen, who handles most of the keyboards, and is a talented player, just did not have the command of keyboard color the way Zawinul did. And the bass and the drumming is good enough, but about 3 minutes with any mid-period Weather Report recording blows it away. Wayne really plays hard, though, which is fun -- but what's with the 2 chord vamps that go on and on?

Most curious is Sony's decision to release 2 discs of Wayne Shorter tunes from the Weather Report years. The 2 discs are like a miniature history of Weather Report viewed from one angle. You can hear Zawinul's continuing dominance and Shorter's developing reticence...though with moments of brilliance. (I love Zawinul, but he can get overbearing...but what incredible command of sound and texture, not to mention the keyboard.)

I would pay twice the price of the whole set just to get this remastering of Native Dancer -- it's that good -- and I'm very happy to have discovered Atlantis. The Shorter/Weather Report compilation is fun, and other reviewers liked the last 2 CD's better than I did -- I've been wrong before -- as inexpensive as it is, the decision to buy seems like a no-brainer to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Under-appreciated Genius, October 11, 2012
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Dean Robb (Plainfield, NJ USA) - See all my reviews
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ALL of the music contained in this box set is the product of a unique, brilliant music genius: Wayne Shorter. The entire body of his post-Miles Davis, electronic music has been unfairly denigrated, mostly by the conservative jazz Taliban of Wynton Marsalis, Stanley Crouch and their ilk, who are bent on keeping jazz tightly in a little, well-defined box: purely acoustic instruments, blues and latin-tinged music. In other words, they want to keep recycling the music of the 50's and 60's hard bop and post bop.

My take on that stance is that it's pure crap. Wayne Shorter's electronic music was pure genius, compositionally, arrangement-wise, and improvisationally. It is high time that it has been collected into a box set, remastered nicely, and put out into the market. My recommendation if you have big ears: buy it. It's incredible stuff.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for a seasoned Jazz fan..., March 13, 2013
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If you are into the Wayne Shorter Weather Report sound (i.e. more funky) then possibly this isn't the package for you... However if your into more atmosphereric mellow Jazz that came with Wayne's solo work, this is the Collection for you...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great set., June 21, 2013
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If you are a fan of Wayne Shorter this is a great set to pick up. It is a collection of his electric/fusion recordings on the Columbia Label with two CDs of his compositions with Weather Report and all of his solo recordings with Columbia. It is a must have for any Wayne Shorter fan. The music is excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music... Great recordings...., February 16, 2015
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Awesome music for the Jazz lover....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, July 3, 2014
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Wayne-O-Mania 70s Fusion stuff is still relevant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wayne Shorter is a legend, March 8, 2013
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However if you already have the Complete Weather Report on Columbia, all the tracks in this box set are already there.
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