Wikipedia leads its profile with a snapshot of Wayne Shorter’s importance:
Jazz critic Ben Ratliff of the New York Times wrote that Shorter is “generally acknowledged to be jazz’s greatest living composer.” Many of Shorter’s compositions have become jazz standards. His output has earned worldwide recognition, critical praise and various commendations, including multipleGrammy Awards.
Shorter first came to wide prominence in the late 1950s as a member of, and eventually primary composer for, Art Blakey‘s Jazz Messengers. In the 1960s, he went on to join Miles Davis‘s Second Great Quintet, and from there he co-founded the jazz fusion band Weather Report. He has recorded over 20 albums as a bandleader. (Continue Reading…)