Deluxe 180g 3LP + 3CD Box Set With Self-Penned 84-Page Graphic Novel, Enclosed In Hardcover Slipcase
Jazz legend and 10-time Grammy winner Wayne Shorter issues his long-awaited project Emanon, his first release since 2013's Without A Net, which marked the saxophonist/composer's momentous return to Blue Note Records where he began his heralded recording career in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in 1959. Emanon is an extraordinary musical and visual experience that presents a triple album of original music by Shorter performed by The Wayne Shorter Quartet – featuring Shorter on soprano and tenor saxophone with Danilo Perez on piano, John Patitucci on bass, and Brian Blade on drums – with and without the 34-piece Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. The music is accompanied by an 84-page graphic novel penned by Shorter with Monica Sly and illustrated by Randy DuBurke.
In February 2013 upon the release of Without A Net, The Wayne Shorter Quartet performed four of Shorter's compositions with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Shorter immediately brought the quartet and orchestra into the studio to record those same four pieces: "Pegasus," "Prometheus Unbound," "Lotus," and "The Three Marias." The title of this four-composition orchestral suite is also Shorter's title character for the graphic novel: Emanon, or "no name" spelled backward.
Later, Blue Note president Don Was introduced Shorter, who is an avid comic book aficionado, to DuBurke's illustrations, and the saxophonist became enamored with the Brooklyn-raised, Switzerland-based artist's work in graphic novels on Malcolm X and Deadwood Dick. After DuBurke enthusiastically joined the project and had a long talk with Shorter about the composition titles, quantum mechanics, and much else, he got to work using those four pieces as inspiration. With DuBurke's panels in hand, Sly then worked with Shorter to develop and structure the graphic novel. Central to the story was the multiverse theory, or the idea that the universe we inhabit is one of an infinite number that all exist in parallel realities.
With Emanon, Wayne Shorter shares his artistic multiverse. Everyone will create his or her own experience with the novel and music – but be prepared for that experience to involve the unknown.
• Deluxe Edition 180g 3LP + 3CD box set
• 4 studio tracks performed by The Wayne Shorter Quartet and the 34-piece Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
• 6 tracks of The Wayne Shorter Quartet live in London
• Self-penned 84-page graphic novel
• Hardcover slipcase