Wayne Shorter is one of the great masters of modern jazz saxophone. His sound is unique and innovative, instantly recognizable and completely his own. The styles he plays vary from straight-ahead acoustic jazz to fusion to pop, delighting vastly different audiences while maddening purists. With each tune he plays, Wayne creates marvelous kalaidoscopic musical journeys, building tension by combining fragments, colors, angular phrases, and fast runs, then easing into a melody or crying out to provide release. He can be lyrical, wailing, cerebral, and soulful all in the same solo.
I first heard Wayne when I was in high school and he was in Weather Report. I loved his music and have been a natural fan of his ever since. But making a playlist encompassing his entire 63-year discography was a daunting task even for an obsessive like me. Though I've owned and listened to most of Wayne's albums for decades, it took six months of intensive review to find all the tracks I wanted to include. The result is this massive 366-track catalog in recording session order, the largest playlist I've ever compiled.
Here's an in-depth blog about this playlist: