Live at Montreux 1996

Wayne Shorter
Eagle Rock

Saxophonist Wayne Shorter has played the Montreux (Switzerland) Jazz Festival many times with many different musicians. This DVD captures the full 1996 set, which deftly mixes fusion and post-bop jazz, and adds 45 minutes of bonus tracks from 1991 and 1992 featuring Herbie Hancock. Shorter switches back and forth from tenor to soprano, sometimes in a single song. His ’96 lineup was James Beard (keyboards), David Gilmore (guitar), Alphonso Johnson (bass) and Rodney Holmes (drums). Opener “On the Milky Way Express” has a slow, intense buildup with solo space for bass, piano and guitar. “At the Fair” finds Shorter in abstract mode over funky rhythms. “Over Shadow Hill Way” is high-energy fusion with a ripping guitar solo. The bonus tracks make me wish the entire ’91 and ’92 sets would be released.