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In Memorium: Wayne Shorter

SHORTER_190Wayne Shorter is generally acknowledged to be jazz’s greatest living composer. Jimmy Wayne Shorter, age 55, passed away Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at Healthmark Regional Medical Center in DeFuniak Springs.

Mr. Shorter’s mastery is in knocking down the wall between jazz and classical. His music not only makes references to the Miles Davis Quintet of the mid-1960s, of which Mr. Shorter was a member, but also shows the stylistic influences of John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. Then, too, he helped create jazz/fusion, founding Weather Report with Joe Zawinul in 1970.
Life is “the accumulation of the unexpected,” he says. Grab it, and take the ride: “You’re put in a place where you’re going to do it or not, where you’re going to go for it or not. But if you back away, if you find excuses to disappear from a situation, if you strategize so that the spotlight is not on you, because you want to be in your Sunday suit all the time — that’s not how it goes.”
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