A tribute to Wayne Shorter, who has died today at the age of 89, will follow.
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Meanwhile there are some great posts appearing to mark the passing of a true innovator and force for good.
- Herbie Hancock has written: “Wayne Shorter, my best friend, left us with courage in his heart, love and compassion for all, and a seeking spirit for the eternal future. He was ready for his rebirth. As it is with every human being, he is irreplaceable.”
- Helen Sung: “I believe Wayne lives on with his unique power & grace, but our world is less vibrant without him on this plane of existence. He continues to blaze trails ahead, inspiring me each day. Thank you Wayne – for everything”
- Charles Lloyd: “It has been a deeply sad morning to learn that my brother and fellow explorer of the Inner and Outer Universe Wayne_Shorter has left town. The Maestro was a visionary, a great composer, and a friend with whom I shared a love for the Eternal Now. Barche Lamsel”
- Nate Chinen’s New York Times obituary is superbly thoughtful . That description of the “slithery melody and a shrewdly indeterminate harmonic path” of “Nefertiti” says a lot.
- And Richard Williams’s Guardian obituary is brilliant.
- Ethan Iverson has written this .
- And biographer Michelle Mercer remembers …
- There is a strong piece on John Turville’s Facebook page
- Our most recent coverage was superb album review by Jon Turney
- John Watson has sent us an interview he did in 1967
Born Newark, New Jersey, 25 August, 1933. Died Los Angeles, 2 March 2023
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