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May 03, Randall Jackson rated it it was amazing. The book was enjoyable. Wayne Shorter is a living legend. Also I was familiar with Mr Shorter through his group 'Weather Report' as well as some of his earlier classics. I'd played little attention to what Shorter was doing with the music. It's my opinion that fans, after reading this biography will have gained a better understanding and appreciation of not only Wayne's music but of Jazz music or any mu The book was enjoyable.

It's my opinion that fans, after reading this biography will have gained a better understanding and appreciation of not only Wayne's music but of Jazz music or any music altogether. At times the writing was humorous. At other times you'd be exposed to Shorter's abstract philosophic reasonings of life and the musical relationships existing between the two. Yeah, he thought about it like that.


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But not to fret, it is understandable. This book aids in understanding the mystic haunting approach that the "Exotic Lone Wolf",as known by fellow musicians, takes in the creation and performance of the music.

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Reading this book helped me to understand the man and consequently broaden my understanding of the man's music. Wayne Shorter, known for compositional, improvisational and technical skills is in a class of his own. Some might say that Mr. Shorter's way of viewing life, the world and the surrounding cosmos also puts into him in a class of his own. Some would call him "weird". Reading this book should allow one to realize that Wayne's music compositional sense and structure is a reflection of inward nature of his being. As life changes the music changes. This offers explanation as to why he has pursued the music in the way that he has done.

The availability of streaming music technology has allowed us the opportunity to virtually listen to most recorded music. I have found this technology to be an indispensable treasure as I am reading the autobiography or writings of a musician. Of course taking the time to sample music that has been mentioned in these reading materials can be time consuming and will lengthen the time required to finish the book. This is not a shortcoming but it adds to the education along with the wealth of understanding and the richness of a personal connection that can be gained, has one listens to the artist's discography while reading the book.

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Usually, when reading a book about the life of a musician other accompanying musicians of that day are mentioned as well. The dialog, the relationships between fellow musicians, the interactions amongst them provide an excellent learning opportunity for Jazz fans. This book provides many such opportunities in which to engage the reader. The reading of his book immerses the reader into the Jazz scene. Miles, Herbie and Wayne were contemporary they also shared a circle of friends. I'd read books and writings about Miles Davis. I read Herbie Hancock's book 'Possibilities' and other sources regarding him.

These writings about Miles and Herbie complement Wayne's book 'Footprint'. By garnering the information received from reading about these three gaints one can obtain a nice glimpse of the inner workings of the Jazz world.

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Mar 29, Juha rated it really liked it Shelves: Wayne Shorter is one of the greatest innovators in the music that is broadly defined as jazz. He is a most influential saxophonist whose tenor playing builds upon the foundations laid by earlier masters from Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young to Coltrane. On soprano, he was the foremost pioneer since the late s. Most importantly, he is an extraordinary composer with an amazing breadth of knowledge and influences from Western classical to Brazilian music.

Born in , Shorter is also one of th Wayne Shorter is one of the greatest innovators in the music that is broadly defined as jazz.

Born in , Shorter is also one of the last of the generation that revolutionized jazz who is left with us. The biography by Michelle Mercer is, thus, a must read for everyone interested in the evolution of music and the role of this giant in it. Mercer has spent plenty of time with the man himself, as well as those close to him, gleaning tremendous amounts of information and an obvious love and admiration for him. The biography takes us through the major bands with which Shorter was affiliated throughout the s to s, all of them central to the development of contemporary music.

To the larger audience, Shorter is probably most known as a founding member and co-leader, with Joe Zawinul, of Weather Report. He had a long-term and very productive relationship with Joni Mitchell producing some beautiful music together. He also collaborated with Carlos Santana whose appreciation of jazz and musical inclinations coincided with those of Shorter, despite their different points of departure. Both, for examples, admire Coltrane. Shorter would have had much demand as a session player for rock stars, but hesitated to sell out and declined almost all offers.

The fact that he did collaborate with Mitchell, Santana and Steely Dan is testimony to the latter artists' musical sensibilities. Many critics and fans welcomed the quartet when it was formed in as the first fully acoustic group that Shorter played with in a long while. He himself appears extremely satisfied with the group of younger but by now established musicians each with their own credentials as leaders. He has had his share of hardships, including the illness and death at 14 of his daughter Iska with his beloved second wife Ana Maria with whom he spent nearly three decades until she perished on the TWA flight that exploded off Long Island in Over long periods of time, Shorter also struggled with creativity as a composer, only to find that it would always come back propelling him to write ever more inspired and complex music.

In , Shorter remarried and appears to be at peace with himself.

Footprints: The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter by Michelle Mercer

He is a practicing Nichiren Buddhist and active member of the lay Buddhist organization Soka Gakkai alongside many other artists, such as his close friends Herbie Hancock and Tina Turner. Here one would have wished the biographer take a bit more distance and not reporting everything about Soka Gakkai in such gushing terms.

An interesting insight from the biography is also how films have provided important inspiration to the composer. I am yet to go back to that and other records from the period, which sit on my shelf waiting for me to gather the courage. I did go back to listen to Weather Report. Not the all too familiar funk albums but the early ones that had been overshadowed by the later, flashier productions. The original eponymous album from rekindled the magic with its sparkles and lightness.

There still were no synthesizers, with the Fender Rhodes and the occasional bass guitar as the only electric instruments. I am not saying that the later Weather Report productions were bad — on the contrary — but I personally miss the free-flowing mysticism of the early ones. Wayne Shorter has had a long, varied and incredibly productive career. We must be grateful to Michelle Mercer for bringing us a biography that is well-researched, intimate and provides the readers and listeners a look into the life and mind of this creative genius.

Nov 16, Robert S rated it liked it Shelves: Respectable read about a jazz great. It is strange though to read a biography about the "life and work" of an artist who has continued to perform over ten years after the book was published, including creating the fantastic album Without a Net. Jan 07, Lester O'garro rated it it was amazing.

I've recently become fascinated by the music of Weather Report, particularly its Jaco Pastorius incarnation.

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And I mostly read this book because I wanted to know Shorter's take on Jaco Pastorius, seeing how unique Jaco was and how problematic he became over time. Shorter doesn't say much about Jaco, though this silence on Shorter's part is not troubling. The book reveals Shorter as being more interested in knowing when to speak and when to be silent, which amounts to knowing how to shape space v I've recently become fascinated by the music of Weather Report, particularly its Jaco Pastorius incarnation.

The book reveals Shorter as being more interested in knowing when to speak and when to be silent, which amounts to knowing how to shape space via sound: It's probably important for every artistic endeavor. Shorter doesn't waste words and often speaks in elliptical phrases, but there always seems to be a kernel or nugget of gold hidden in the words, which can be said of many of his compositions and the concert improvisations he makes during the performance of such compositions.

The book also reveals the range of Shorter's life: If the book confirmed anything, it is the Deleuzian idea that individuals are not individuals, but are rather assemblages of the other "assemblages" with which they interact: Shorter was a part of so many different other musicians' lives that to try and write a biography of his life necessarily requires biographies of all the other so-called "individual lives. This biography doesn't do that, which is not a criticism of it; it is simply a criticism of the biographic genre.