Wayne Shorter – review
By: John Lewis
One certainly couldn’t accuse Wayne Shorter, even in his 80th year, of pandering to the masses. Playing the only UK date in his brief European tour, there was no “Hello Birmingham!”, no preamble, no band introductions, no whimsical between-song banter and no song announcements. There weren’t even any songs as such. His quartet sauntered on stage, started playing and didn’t stop for more than an hour. In that time they explored dozens of themes: some vaguely familiar, some they had presumably invented on the spot.
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