Wayne Shorter, who was 89 years old, died in Los Angeles. He was one of the best jazz saxophonists ever. Shorter was a well-known jazz musician in the late 1950s. Much of the jazz music of the 20th century can be traced back to him.
The winner of 12 Grammys played with some of the best, like Miles Davis, Carlos Santana, and Herbie Hancock. His publicist said that he died on Thursday with his family around him.
Social media tributes all said the same thing: the person was gone, but not forgotten. In the 1950s, he played with Blakey, Lee Morgan, and Freddie Hubbard as part of the Jazz Messengers. He eventually became the group’s musical director.
But in 1964, after Miles Davis tried several times to get him to join his Second Great Quintet, he was taken away. There, he played with Hancock, who was a very good pianist.
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Shorter had also put out solo albums as early as 1959. Speak No Evil, Night Dreamer, and JuJu was all well-received.
He could be more creative when he made solo albums. He started to mix jazz, rock, and Latin music, which led to the sounds that people liked in his next band, Weather Report.
By adding funk and R&B grooves, Shorter’s Heavy Weather album hit the top 30 in the US in 1977 and went platinum.
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By the end of the 1970s, Shorter had left the Second Great Quintet and started VSOP with Hubbard and Hancock. After Davis died, the group made A Tribute to Miles, which won a Grammy in 1994.
He also played on the Rolling Stones’ Bridges to Babylon album in 1997. Wayne Shorter was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1933.
When he was 15, he started playing the clarinet. Before serving for two years in the U.S. Army, he switched to tenor and soprano saxophone and studied music at university.
In 2015, Shorter was given a Lifetime Achievement award, one of the dozen Grammys he had already won.