Wayne Shorter EMANON 3LP & 3CD Box Set
TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Informal
Deluxe Edition 180g Vinyl 3LP & 3CD Box Set!
Michael Fremer Rated 11/11 Music, 11/11 Sonics!
2019 Grammy Award Winner:
• Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Featuring a double album and its companion piece, a self-penned 84-page graphic
novel, Wayne Shorter's Emanon is the definitive look into his artistic
multiverse. The set includes four studio tracks performed by Shorter's quartet (pianist
Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade) and the expansive,
34-piece Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, in addition to a 6-track live album
featuring the quartet itself.
The deluxe set is housed in an expertly crafted box and includes three CDs and
three 180g vinyl LPs. In her introduction, Esperanza Spalding writes, "After
reading and listening to Emanon, you might begin to notice alternative realities
glimmering beneath the everyday world around you."
"...you’re free to listen and unleash your own imagination as you absorb the
richly cinematic music that swirls together improv jazz and scored classical. If
you’re a film score fan you can easily hear and “see” scene transitions—fade ins
and outs, quick cuts and action-based rhythmic and percussive explosions...
"The Wayne Shorter Quartet performs the two plus hours of music accompanied for
the first half hour or so by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. The quartet and
orchestra perform in the studio the turbulent “Pegasus”, “Prometheus Unbound”,
“Lotus” and the contemplative “The Three Marias”. The quartet (Shorter, Danilo
Perez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade) performs live in London “The Three Marias”,
“Lost and Orbits Medley”, “Lotus”, “She Moves Through the Fair”, “Adventures
Aboard the Golden Mean” and “Prometheus Unbound”...
"The orchestral performances are impressive and majestic but I found the 3rd LP
and CD’s fiery live quartet performances (perhaps that’s why the 3rd LP jacket,
and 3rd LP and CD labels are a fiery orange?) the most exciting, with Shorter
not just Prometheus unbound.
"The packaging, presentation and sound are all superlative. Contained within an
LP sized slip case are the 3 LPs mastered by Bernie Grundman and pressed at RTI,
the smaller die-cut heavy cardboard book(let) composed of separate sections that
are bound together with a minimalist section of gauze-tape that leaves unbound
and visible the individual sections, within which are the 3 CDs. The smaller
booklet slides into an appropriately sized compartment. If this booklet doesn’t
win the Grammy for packaging, I cannot begin to imagine what might top it.
"The recorded sound, both in the studio and live, by Rob Griffin and Todd
Whitelock is spectacularly transparent, dynamic and three-dimensional and
Griffin’s mix is flawless and endlessly tasteful. The musically and sonically
spectacular finale of “Prometheus Unbound” will set you free.
"No wonder the L.A. and Orange County Audio Society awarded this its first ever
ARYA (Audiophile Recording of the Year Award)."
"Other than misspelling the word “obedience” as “obediance” Emanon is a
flawlessly conceived, recorded and produced package that at one time, not that
long ago, I would have thought could only exist in an alternative universe where
vinyl records ruled. It took the courage of a Pegasus to take action, but here
we are! You can now stream Emanon, but to me that’s like watching pornography
instead of making love." - Michael Fremer, Analog Planet, January 25,
2019, 11/11 Music, 11/11 Sound!
• Deluxe Edition Box Set
• 3LP & 3CD
• 180g Vinyl
• 84-page graphic novel
• Housed in expertly crafted box
Danilo Perez, piano
John Patitucci, bass
Brian Blade, drums
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
2. Prometheus Unbound
4. The Three Marias
1. The Three Marias
2. Lost and Orbits Medley
2. She Moves Through the Fair
3. Adventures Aboard the Golden Mean
4. Prometheus Unbound