Review: Wayne Shorter Quartet "Without a Net"

As a fearless purveyor of new directions in jazz, Wayne Shorter keeps moving forward while players half his age seem content just to coast.
Author:
Publish date:

As a fearless purveyor of new directions in jazz, Wayne Shorter keeps moving forward while players half his age seem content just to coast. It helps to have such a dynamic combo behind him; pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade have more than ten years as a unit under their belt, and they churn out a polyrhythmic furor that gives Shorter the room he needs to take flight. Patitucci is at his fluid best throughout, probing the freestyle edges of “Orbits” and mixing equal parts lyricism and technical precision on the epic “Pegasus.”

Related

CD Review: Mogwai "Rave Tapes"

Not content to be the elder statesmen of the Glasgow post-rock scene, the five regulators of Mogwai have diversified into soundtracks (most recently for the French TV series Les Revenants)—a move that underpins their latest album.

Image placeholder title

CD Review: Van Morrison "Astral Weeks (Expanded & Remastered)

Sure, it’s a classic and plenty of ink has been spilled about it, but on this deluxe reissue, what emerges from Astral Weeks is how clearly you can hear Richard Davis in the mix; you literally get the sensation of his fingers moving over the strings as he coaxes a rich, earthy, and soulful tone from his upright bass.

Review: Atoms for Peace "AMOK"

Of all the projects that Flea has pursued outside the Red Hot Chili Peppers, his work with Atoms For Peace— that other group fronted by Thom Yorke—might be the most radical shift you’ll ever hear him make.

CD Review: Death "N.E.W."

Another early-’70s adopter of the Rickenbacker 4001, Death’s frontman and bassist Bobby Hackney soaked up the sound of rock’s heavyweights (Entwistle and Glover especially) and channeled it into his band’s signature Detroit punkpsych onslaught.