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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