Alegría (Wayne Shorter album)

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Alegría
Alegría (Wayne Shorter album).jpg
Studio album by Wayne Shorter
Released 2003 (2003)
Genre Jazz
Length 57:00
Label Verve
Producer Robert Sadin
Wayne Shorter chronology
Footprints Live!
(2002)
Alegría
(2003)
Beyond the Sound Barrier
(2005)

Alegría is an album by saxophonist Wayne Shorter released on Verve Records in 2003. It is the second album to feature the 'Footprints Quartet' of Shorter, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade.

The piece "Orbits" is a complete and quasi-orchestral re-imagining of the song of the same name, originally recorded by the Second Miles Davis Quintet and released on the album Miles Smiles in 1967. "Capricorn 2" revisits another Shorter composition first recorded by Davis in 1967 (though not released until 1976 on the primarily Shorter-composed Water Babies), while "Angola" dates from Shorter's own 1965 album, The Soothsayer.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
CMJ New Music Report favorable[2]
Los Angeles Times favorable[3]
New York Times favorable[4]

The Allmusic review by Richard S. Ginell awarded the album 4 stars, stating that "this disc seemed to confirm a long-awaited creative Indian summer for Wayne Shorter."[1] Similarly, contemporaneous reviews by Ben Ratliff of The New York Times and CMJ New Music Report's Tad Hendrickson happily noted Shorter's return to form.[2][4] Los Angeles Times critic Don Heckman commended both the album's "startling diversity" and the "imaginative, high-flying freedom [that characterizes] Shorter's playing," adding that Alegria offered "convincing testimony to Shorter's undiminished creativity."[3]

In February 2004, Shorter's efforts resulted in two Grammy Awards: Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Instrumental Composition (for "Sacajawea").[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Wayne Shorter except where noted.

  1. "Sacajawea" – 7:40
  2. "Serenata" (Leroy Anderson, Arr. Shorter) – 6:09
  3. "Vendiendo Alegría" (Milka Himel, Joso Špralja, Arr. Shorter) – 7:03
  4. "Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5" (Heitor Villa-Lobos, Arr. Robert Sadin) – 6:00
  5. "Angola" – 5:28
  6. "Interlude" – 1:49
  7. "She Moves Through the Fair" (Traditional, Arr. Shorter) – 4:39
  8. "Orbits" – 6:09
  9. "12th Century Carol" (Anonymous, Arr. Shorter) – 6:04
  10. "Capricorn 2" – 5:59

Personnel[edit]

  • Wayne Shorter – tenor and soprano saxophones
  • Chris Gekker, Lew Soloff – trumpet (tracks 3, 9)
  • Jeremy Pelt – trumpet (track 5)
  • Michael Boschen – trombone (track 9)
  • Steve Davis – trombone (track 5)
  • Bruce Eidem – trombone (tracks 3, 9)
  • Jim Pugh – trombone (tracks 3, 5)
  • Papo Vázquez – trombone (track 3)
  • John Clark – (English) horn (tracks 3, 9), alto saxophone (track 9)
  • Stewart Rose – horn (tracks 3, 9)
  • Stephen Taylor – horn (tracks 2, 8), oboe (tracks 2, 8)
  • Marcus Rojas – tuba (track 9)
  • Paul Dunkel – flute (tracks 2, 3, 8)
  • Chris Potter – tenor saxophone (track 5), bass clarinet (track 5)
  • Allen Blustine – clarinet (tracks 2, 3, 8), bass clarinet (tracks 2, 3, 8)
  • Frank Morelli – bassoon (tracks 2, 8)
  • Brad Mehldau – piano (tracks 2, 5, 8)
  • Danilo Perez – piano (tracks 1, 3, 7, 9, 10)
  • Charles Curtis – cello (tracks 2, 4 (soloist), 8)
  • David Garrett, Barry Gold, Gloria Lum, Daniel Rothmuller, Brent Samuel, Cecilia Tsan – cello (track 4)
  • John Patitucci – bass (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • Brian Blade – drums (tracks 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 10)
  • Terri Lyne Carrington – drums (tracks 3, 5, 9)
  • Alex Acuña – percussion (tracks 3, 4, 5, 9)
  • Robert Sadin – conductor (tracks 2, 3, 8, 9)

Note The 'Footprints Quartet' appear intact on tracks 1, 7, 10.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ginell, R. Allmusic Review accessed September 17, 2011
  2. ^ a b Hendrickson, Tad. "Jazz". CMJ New Music Report. March 24, 2003. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Heckman, Don. "Jazz". The Los Angeles Times. April 20, 2003. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Ratliff, Ben. "Jazz". The New York Times. March 23, 2003. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  5. ^ "Billboard Goes to the Grammys - 46th Annual Grammys: Complete List of Winners". Billboard. February 21, 2004. Retrieved
  6. ^ "Wayne Shorter – Alegría (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved June 10, 2014.