The Pace Report

Season 2013 Episode 07.28.13

The Pace Report: "It's a Shorter Universe" The Wallace Roney Interview

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In 1967 saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter wrote a piece of orchestral work entitled "Universe" while still performing and composing while with the Miles Davis Quintet. The work was written with Davis's Quintet in mind but didn't see the light of day due to the transformation of his group during the late 1960's. "Universe" was deemed as lost until a group of musicians researched and found Wayne's music through the Library of Congress. Over the years Wayne also searched and over six years ago recovered the original music and gave it to trumpeter Wallace Roney. After four years of he and his wife writing charts and arrangements for Wayne's long lost work, he decided to form a orchestra of some the New York's finest orchestral and jazz musicians and perform the music in its entirety. This year, as Wayne celebrates his 80th birthday, Wallace took on the feat to perform and showcase this composer's work. Shorter, who was a member of Miles Davis's Quintet as well as the legendary jazz-fusion group Weather Report, will get a lot of recognition for this dynamic piece of music for his vision as a composer. In addition to Wallace performing the new music, he's also formed a new quintet that features exciting new talent that's destined to take jazz music to the next level. The new quintet, also featured in the orchestra are: Kush Abadey on drums, Rashaan Carter on bass, Ben Solomon on tenor saxophone, and Victor Gould on piano. Wallace's new HighNote Records release is entitled "Understanding." For upcoming info on Wallace's quintet and orchestra dates, please visit him online at ormoreless

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