Wayne Shorter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Leo Genovese, and esperanza spalding's 'Live At The Detroit Jazz Festival'

Article Contributed by Shore Fire Media | Published on Saturday, September 17, 2022

On September 3, 2017, attendees at the Detroit Jazz Festival witnessed a very special one-time-only performance: a historic set by a multi-generational jazz supergroup composed of Wayne Shorter, Terri Lyne Carrington, esperanza spalding, and Leo Genovese. Now, almost five years later, fans will finally have the opportunity to experience this magnificent performance, and one of Wayne Shorter's last live performances.

Listen to Live At The Detroit Jazz Festival, out today on Candid Records.

In a testament to the level of trust and respect shared between these great artists, Shorter, Carrington, Genovese and spalding had a mere outline of how the music might evolve when they took the stage, choosing instead to leave space for spontaneous expression — resulting in unprecedented sonic textures, exquisite improvisation, and assured interplay between four leaders of the modern jazz world.

Featuring the evocative and haunting “Midnight In Carlotta’s Hair,” the Shorter and spalding composition “Endangered Species” (a landmark of mood-shifting free-form exploration), and more, the album captures not only an unforgettable performance, but four lifetimes in music.

Live At The Detroit Jazz Festival is dedicated to the memory of pianist and composer Geri Allen, who was originally to be a part of the group, but passed away in June of 2017. Listen to the quartet perform her composition, “Drummer’s Song”, here: https://ws.lnk.to/DrummersSongPR

For Terri Lyne Carrington, Live At The Detroit Jazz Festival is the first of a number of new projects from the interdisciplinary artist, activist and educator. Next week, Candid Records and Carrington will release new STANDARDS - vol 1, 11 selections of recordings from the New Standards lead sheets book published by Hal Leonard — Carrington’s ambitious new endeavor that was created to shine a light on women composers in historic new ways.

New Standards will arrive next week in the form of a historic lead sheet book of jazz compositions dedicated entirely to female composers — featuring compositions by a dazzling list of 100+ women jazz titans, contemporary stars, and award winners, including Nubya Garcia, jaimie branch, Diane Reeves, Maria Schneider, Mary Lou Williams, Brandee Younger, Alicia Coltrane, Nicole Mitchell, Cassandra Wilson, and more — plus the Candid Records release featuring an all-star band and exciting line-up of special guests, and a dynamic multi-media exhibition at Detroit’s Carr Center. Read more about the project here, and hear Terri Lyne discuss her many new projects on WNYC’s All Of It here.