On September 3, 2017, attendees at the Detroit Jazz Festival witnessed a very special one-time-only event: a historic set by a multi-generational jazz supergroup composed of Wayne Shorter, Terri Lyne Carrington, esperanza spalding, and Leo Genovese. Some five years later, fans finally have the opportunity to experience this magnificent performance when Candid Records releases "Live At The Detroit Jazz Festival", out now on CDs and DSPs, and on December 2nd on vinyl. The vinyl edition includes the exclusive bonus track: ‘The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of (A Conversation)’.

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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.

Terri Lyne Carrington remembers, “We rehearsed some themes earlier that day, but the preparation was really from our lives and profound experiences with each other.” Four lifetimes in music — spread across generations — made these performances possible, erasing the boundaries between composition and improvisation, ensembles and solos in the process.

Whether it is the Shorter and spalding composition 'Endangered Species' (a landmark of mood-shifting free-form exploration), Maria Rita’s thoughtful ballad 'Encontros e Despedidas,' Geri Allen’s 'Drummers Song,' or Shorter’s haunting 'Midnight In Carlotta’s Hair,' the quartet’s interplay is spontaneous, assured, magical.


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 Project, Money 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.”

This performance 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.


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

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