Circling Wayne Shorter | Native Dancer

Circling Wayne Shorter (S3 | E125)


I’ve been putting this off. I’ve been looking forward to this. Both can be true. I listened to a few Wayne Shorter radio shows (you should too). And they are so good. One from the BBC. One from a domestic music radio show about jazz. Well and good.

But I wanted to do something a little bit more interesting (IMHO). I wanted to play a little game of “degrees of separation’ in this series of episodes about the jazz saxophonist. Wayne to Esperanza. Wayne to Milton Nascimento to Pedro Anzar and Pat Metheny. Wayne to Rudy Van Gelder. And the end result is a show that I want to listen to over and over again. Let’s hope we all feel that way about this one and the Wayne Shorter shows to come.

Words from the jazz great, David Kikoski.

Wayne is one of the great improvisors of jazz.

Dave Kikoski

Circling Wayne Shorter (S3 | E125)

Wayne Shorter (August 25, 1933 – March 2, 2023) was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Shorter came to prominence in the late 1950s as a member of, and eventually primary composer for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. In the 1960s, he joined Miles Davis’s Second Great Quintet, and then co-founded the jazz fusion band Weather Report. He recorded more than 20 albums as a bandleader.

Many Shorter compositions have become jazz standards, and his music has earned worldwide recognition, critical praise, and commendation. Shorter won 12 Grammy Awards. He was acclaimed for his mastery of the soprano saxophone since switching his focus from the tenor in the late 1960s and beginning an extended reign in 1970 as DownBeat‘s annual poll-winner on that instrument, winning the critics’ poll for 10 consecutive years and the readers’ for 18. The New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff described Shorter in 2008 as “probably jazz’s greatest living small-group composer and a contender for greatest living improviser”. In 2017, he was awarded the Polar Music Prize.

Circling Wayne Shorter | Show Playlist

Infant EyesWayne ShorterSpeak No Evil1966
Midnight in Carlotta’s Hair*Wayne ShorterHigh Life1995
Midnight in Carlotta’s HairWayne Shorter, Esperanza SpaldingLive at Detroit Jazz Festival2017 (r. 2022)
FootprintsWayne ShorterAdams’ Apple (Rudy Van Gelder Edition)1967
Ana MariaWayne ShorterNative Dancer1975
Ponte de AreiaEsperanza SpaldingEsperanza2008
Ponte de AreiaMilton Nascimento, Wayne ShorterNative Dancer1975
Tudo O Que Voce Podia SerMilton NascimentoClub de Esquina2072
The First CirclePath Metheny, Pedro AnzarFirst Circle1984
*Steve Ross, PJ Ewing

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Circling Wayne Shorter (S3 | E125)

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DJ and radio personality PJ Ewing is the host of Lester the Nightfly.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Bob Sscks

    Native Dancer is one of my favorite albums, a true masterpiece.

    1. PJ

      Bob – wow – I was just just just thinking about you this a.m. Reaching out to say hi this week.



  2. chris g gurin

    Hey PJ,
    Have Native Dancer on vinyl at home. Used to play it on my own jazz show lo these many moons ago.
    Turned me on to Milton Nascimento, grateful for that.
    Good to hear your voice, would be nice to see you sometime
    Keep it up,
    Chris Gurin

    1. PJ

      Chris – that does not surprise me… I have always thought that you are way ahead of most of us on the music front…. will reach out to say hi soon.


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