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Wayne Shorter, master composer of jazz, dies aged 89

BY Mahi

Jazz lovers around the world are mourning the loss of one of the most influential musicians in the genre's history. 

Wayne Shorter, the American saxophonist who helped shape the sound of jazz in the 1960s, died on Thursday at the age of 89 in Los Angeles. While the cause of death was not disclosed, his impact on the world of music will never be forgotten.

Shorter made a name for himself as a tenor saxophonist in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in the late 1950s. He later joined Miles Davis' influential quintet in the 1960s, playing alongside some of the most respected jazz musicians of the era. 

Shorter's contributions to the group as a composer and player helped to define the sound of jazz during this period.

One of Shorter's greatest contributions was his innovative approach to songwriting. He wrote many of the quintet's most famous songs, including "E.S.P." and "Nefertiti." 

Davis himself recognized Shorter's immense talent, describing him as the "idea person" behind much of the group's music. Shorter understood the rules of music, but he also knew how to bend them in order to create something entirely new.

Herbie Hancock, who played piano in the quintet, was also quick to praise Shorter's songwriting abilities. "The master writer to me, in that group, was Wayne Shorter," Hancock said. 

"Wayne was one of the few people who brought music to Miles that didn't get changed." This is high praise coming from one of the most respected musicians in jazz history.

Shorter's influence on the world of jazz cannot be overstated. His unique sound and innovative approach to songwriting helped to shape the genre during a time of great change and experimentation. 

His contributions to the quintet's music will continue to be studied and admired for generations to come.

In conclusion, Wayne Shorter was a true jazz legend. His contributions to the genre are immeasurable, and his impact will be felt for many years to come. 

While his passing is a great loss to the world of music, his legacy will continue to inspire new generations of musicians to explore and push the boundaries of jazz.

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