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Wayne Shorter: Alegria (Verve)

John L. Walters, The Guardian, 21 March 2003

SAXOPHONIST WAYNE SHORTER still towers over contemporary jazz. Over four decades he's combined compositional flair with an original and masterly command of tenor and soprano sax improvisation: as the front-line junior in two great Miles Davis bands; as Joe Zawinul's equal partner in Weather Report's 15-year career; and as a solo artist since his 1960s Blue Note records. Solo albums such as Atlantis and Native Dancer are full of gems; his haiku-like contributions to platinum discs by Joni Mitchell and Steely Dan are moments to treasure.

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