Jazzfest Review: A flat-out fierce tribute to Shorter
By: Peter Hum
Trumpeter Dave Douglas and saxophonist Joe Lovano must feel that you can't tip your hat too many times to the stellar jazz elder Wayne Shorter.
In 2008, Douglas and Lovano were part of an all-star octet, the SFJAZZ Collective, which paid tribute to Shorter, arguably the finest jazz composer of the last 50 years and a singular voice on the saxophone. In the fully packed NAC Studio Monday night, Douglas and Lovano were at it again with their brash new Sound Prints quintet that had Shorter on its mind.
Tribute projects abound in jazz, and more than a few can strike a cynical fan as tired and by rote. While neither the SFJAZZ Collective nor Sound Prints fall down in that way, they're very different projects that could never be confused for one another.
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