Saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter has not only left his footprints on our musical terrain, he has created a body of work that is a monument to artistic imagination. Throughout Shorter's extraordinary fifty-year career, his compositions have helped define the sounds of each distinct era in the history of jazz.
Filled with musical analysis by Mercer, enlivened by Shorter's vivid recollections, and enriched by more than seventy-five original interviews with his friends and associates, this book is at once an invaluable history of music from bebop to pop, an intimate and moving biography, and a story of a man's struggle toward the full realization of his gifts and of himself.
Penguin Publishing Group; March 2007
- ISBN 9781440629112
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- Title: Footprints
- Author: Michelle Mercer
About The Author
Michelle Mercer is a journalist and author. She has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice, and Down Beat, and is a regular contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered. She is the author of Footprints: The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter and Will You Take Me as I Am: Joni Mitchell's Blue Period.