You are currently viewing Wayne Shorter | Jazz Messenger (S3 | E126)

Wayne Shorter | Jazz Messenger (S3 | E126)

  • Post author:
  • Post category:Jazz
  • Post comments:0 Comments

To put a word on the first 20 minutes of this episode on Wayne Shorter, it’s a meditation. I always think that is a bit pretentious, that concept. But I am going to stick with it. The song is Nefertiti by Wayne Shorter, performed back in 1968 with Miles Davis on the record of the same name. We approach it from three sides and then take one step away and look at the new mesmerizing jazz saxophonist, Immanuel Wilkins.

Equally pleased with our look at some shining examples of Wayne’s work with Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers. In particular, we listen to selections from A Night in Tunisia. And then our third big focal point, the 1963 45 rpm release Lester’s Leaving Town/It’s Only a Paper Moon, paying close attention to this delightful song from 1932, the movie Paper Moon, and then The Jazz Messenger version to close the show.

Words from the jazz great, David Kikoski.

Wayne is one of the great composers of the 20th Century.

Dave Kikoski

Wayne Shorter | Jazz Messenger (S3 | E126)

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.

Wayne Shorter | Jazz Messenger | Show Playlist

NefertitiMiles Davis, Wayne ShorterNefertiti1968
NefertitiChick CoreaThe Song of Singing1971
Fall (Nefertiti)Terence BlanchardAbsence2021
Part 1. The KeyImmanuel WilkinsOmega2020
Sincerely DianaArt Blakey’s Jazz MessengersOne Night in Tunisia1960
YamaArt Blakey’s Jazz MessengersOne Night in Tunisia1960
So TiredArt Blakey’s Jazz MessengersOne Night in Tunisia1963
Lester’s Left TownArt Blakey’s Jazz MessengersSingle1963
Only a Paper MoonClaire CarletonSingle 1933
Only a Paper Moon Bunny BeriganSingle1933
Only a Paper MoonArt Blakey’s Jazz MessengersSingle1963
PJ Ewing

You lucky radio stations – for finding LTNF you get this fabulous show on your air! Well done!

Circling Wayne Shorter (S3 | E125)

Thank you thank you stations we love!

WPVM 103.7FM WERB 107.5 FM KPOV 88.9 FM WHPW 93.7 FM
KYGT 102.7 WBDY 99.5 FM KFOI 90.9 FM KUGS 89.3




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

Leave a Reply