Even on his first, all-acoustic recording since 1967, his first as a leader since 1994, and, believe it or not, his first live album ever, Shorter is his best sideman. Giving John Patitucci - bass, Brian Blade - drums, and pianist Danillo Perez full liberty to interpret the leader’s compositions to their utmost and respected abilities.
Take for instance ‘Masquelero’ coming hot on the heels of the atmospheric ‘Sanctuary’. Hear the supporting cast revel in rhythmic interplay as Shorter exclaims his entrance, riding the wave to a whole new level of mastery urged on by Blades’ thrilling finesse and vocal cheers.
‘Go’ meditates beatifically. ‘Footprints’ one of Shorter’s greatest comps, gets a most exciting turn here. So does ‘Atlantis’, as Shorter’s musical dialogue with pianist Perez will hold you in its trance long after you’ve gotten into the burning excursion ‘JuJu’, where the legendary sax-man transitions from tenor to soprano without missing a breath.