Wayne Shorter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Leo Genovese, and esperanza spalding release Live At The Detroit Jazz Festival 2017  | Shore Fire Media

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Wayne Shorter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Leo Genovese, and esperanza spalding release Live At The Detroit Jazz Festival 2017 

Wayne Shorter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Leo Genovese, and esperanza spalding release Live At The Detroit Jazz Festival 2017 

One-Time-Only Gathering Out Today On Candid Records, Listen HERE


Wayne Shorter - Tenor & Soprano Saxophone

Terri Lyne Carrington - Drums

Leo Genovese - Piano & Keyboards

esperanza spalding - Bass & Vocal

“Remarkable… truly one-of-a-kind performance. It’s a “must listen”” 

– Glide Magazine


“A compelling exercise in kinetic, deeply emotional music making…a gift as well as a historical document.”

– All Music



On September 3, 2017, attendees at the Detroit Jazz Festival witnessed a very special one-time-only performance: a historic set by a multi-generational jazz supergroup composed of Wayne Shorter, Terri Lyne Carrington, esperanza spalding, and Leo Genovese. Now, almost five years later, fans will finally have the opportunity to experience this magnificent performance, and one of Wayne Shorter's last live performances.

Listen to Live At The Detroit Jazz Festival, out today on Candid Records.

In a testament to the level of trust and respect shared between these great artists, Shorter, Carrington, Genovese and spalding had a mere outline of how the music might evolve when they took the stage, choosing instead to leave space for spontaneous expression — resulting in unprecedented sonic textures, exquisite improvisation, and assured interplay between four leaders of the modern jazz world.

Featuring the evocative and haunting “Midnight In Carlotta’s Hair,” the Shorter and spalding composition “Endangered Species” (a landmark of mood-shifting free-form exploration), and more, the album captures not only an unforgettable performance, but four lifetimes in music. 

Live At The Detroit Jazz Festival is dedicated to the memory of pianist and composer Geri Allen, who was originally to be a part of the group, but passed away in June of 2017. Listen to the quartet perform her composition, “Drummer’s Song”, here: https://ws.lnk.to/DrummersSongPR

For Terri Lyne Carrington, Live At The Detroit Jazz Festival is the first of a number of new projects from the interdisciplinary artist, activist and educator. Next week, Candid Records and Carrington will release new STANDARDS - vol 1, 11 selections of recordings from the New Standards lead sheets book published by Hal Leonard — Carrington’s ambitious new endeavor that was created to shine a light on women composers in historic new ways. 

New Standards will arrive next week in the form of a historic lead sheet book of jazz compositions dedicated entirely to female composers — featuring compositions by a dazzling list of 100+ women jazz titans, contemporary stars, and award winners, including Nubya Garcia, jaimie branch, Diane Reeves, Maria Schneider, Mary Lou Williams, Brandee Younger, Alicia Coltrane, Nicole Mitchell, Cassandra Wilson, and more — plus the Candid Records release featuring an all-star band and exciting line-up of special guests, and a dynamic multi-media exhibition at Detroit’s Carr Center. Read more about the project here, and hear Terri Lyne discuss her many new projects on WNYC’s All Of It here.


Recorded Live At The 2017 Detroit Jazz Festival

Double Vinyl LP

Vinyl Edition Includes Exclusive Bonus Track: “The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of (A Conversation)”



Someplace Called “Where”

Endangered Species

Encontros e Despedidas

Drummers Song

Midnight In Carlotta’s Hair

*Vinyl Exclusive* The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of (A Conversation)



Wayne Shorter — who many consider to be jazz’s greatest living composer in addition to being a distinctive and innovative stylist on both tenor and soprano — has contributed inventive solos and innovative compositions to three history-making musical institutions: Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers (1959-63), the Miles Davis Quintet (1964-70), and Weather Report (1971-86), co-founding the latter with Joe Zawinul.

Shorter sums up the Detroit concert in his own special way: “With the mixture of people — male and female, varying ethnicities and backgrounds — sometimes we did things that sound larger than the four of us, with more of an orchestral approach. If there are things going on in the recording that can be heard by people to the extent that it can turn some thoughts around about life and culture… people who hear it may recognize that we are all different — and the same.”

Terri Lyne Carrington began playing drums when she was seven, performed with pioneering jazz flugel hornist Clark Terry at ten, and was awarded a scholarship to the Berklee College Of Music at age eleven.  Her list of credits includes the likes of Lester Bowie, Stan Getz, Woody Shaw, David Sanborn, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, and Herbie Hancock. As a bandleader, Carrington’s triple decade spanning repertoire includes the Grammy award-winning album The Mosaic ProjectMoney Jungle: Provocative In Blue, and her Grammy-nominated set with Social Science titled Waiting Game. Carrington currently serves as Founder and Artistic Director of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice.

Carrington first recorded with Wayne Shorter on 1987’s Joy Ryder, and is on the esperanza spalding albums Chamber Music Society and Radio Music Society, along with Leo Genovese on piano. Live At The Detroit Jazz Festival is the first of a number of new Terri Lyne Carrington projects to be announced soon.

esperanza spalding’s breakthrough came with her sensational second album, 2008’s Esperanza, and in 2011, she won the coveted Grammy Award for Best New Artist.  Since then, she has played with Joe Lovano, McCoy Tyner, Fred Hersch, ACS (a collaboration with Terri Lyne Carrington and Geri Allen), and has since led such albums as Chamber Music Society, Radio Music Society, Emily’s D+Evolution, Exposure, 12 Little Spells (Grammy win for Best Jazz Vocal album), and Songwrights Apothecary Lab (Grammy win for Best Jazz Vocal Album). 

spalding’s music, like that of Carrington and Shorter, has never fit into a simple category. Of her night playing with Shorter, Carrington and Genovese, spalding says “That night in Detroit, when we felt ourselves lift off musically, I learned a different definition of flying, of building while flying, and of ‘we.’”

Leo Genovese was born in Argentina, first played piano when he was five, and studied at the University of Rosario and the Berklee College Of Music (where he eventually taught at the astounding age of 20). He made his recording debut in 2003 and has led such albums as Haiku II, Unlocked, Seeds, Rituals and Sin Tiempo. Genovese has also recorded with a large assortment of artists including Jason Palmer, Andre Matos, Francisco Mela, Michael Feinberg, Sara Serpa, Dave Zinno, Dan Blake and Leni Stern. 

“Wayne, Terri Lyne and Esperanza are musical superheroes in all places and in all times,” Genovese says of the admiration he holds for his fellow quartet members. “To be able to share sound, to learn from them and to feel them as friends is a blessing.”



Between 1960 - 1963 founder, A&R man, and producer Nat Hentoff recorded over 30 extraordinary albums for the new Candid Records label.  One cannot underestimate the breadth of these recordings - From bebop, to the avant-garde, to blues.  Candid sat dormant for years until Black Lion Records founder and producer, Alan Bates, bought the label in 1989.  Picking up where Hentoff left off, Bates recorded, and acquired a wide variety of jazz artists.  He signed American treasures like legendary journey-man pianist Kenny Barron, the great organist Shirley Scott, and saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr., and with a keen eye for emerging talent, he helped launch the careers of Jamie Cullum and Stacey Kent.  The next phase of Candid Records is happening now.  Titles from the Hentoff years are being restored and remastered. There’s new music from Stacey Kent (Songs From Other Places), a Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy win for Brazilian pianist (and vocalist) Eliane Elias’ Mirror Mirror album with the legendary Chick Corea and Chucho Valdés, and an album from jazz giant Wayne Shorter with Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding and Leo Genovese (Live At The Detroit Jazz Festival.) Today’s Candid is not only committed to its legacy but looks forward to defining its future with the quality of music that is synonymous with its heritage.  

Learn more at www.candidrecords.com

For more information, contact Ailie Orzak (aorzak@shorefire.com) or Chris Taillie (ctaillie@shorefire.com).