Wednesday July 16, 2014
From The Guardian
Children of the Light Trio review – Wayne Shorter’s rhythm section fly when solo: Pérez, Patitucci and Blade showed what an intelligent and original trio they are
By John Fordham
Just what the Wayne Shorter band would sound like without Wayne Shorter was the tantalising question for this one-night UK visit – the Children of the Light Trio being Shorter’s revered rhythm section, consisting of pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade. As with the absent sax giant’s gigs, complex writing and quick-thinking group improv were inseparably mixed. But for extended episodes, this trio unfolded a rhythmically probing chamber recital, the melodies often revealing Pérez’s broad-church pan-American approach and profound knowledge of folk and classical forms, as well as explicitly African-American traditions.
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