There’s no higher compliment from one musician to another than to hand them scores of your music and ask them to perform it. This situation happens quite frequently whenever new projects are conceived. A composer writes his/her songs, then calls upon talented musicians to bring them to life. Sometimes the composer goes along for the ride and plays with the ensemble and sometimes they sit out. While plenty of musicians are quite used to getting new tunes to play, it’s a slightly different sensation when the new material directly comes from Wayne Shorter. The legendary composer and saxophonist gifted two scores for “Destination Unknown” and “To Sail Beyond The Sunset” to Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas‘ co-led quintet Sound Prints during their 2013 Town Hall. “The music came handwritten – very detailed, very precise,” recalls Douglas upon receiving the two Shorter charts.

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The two charts that Shorter handed to Sound Prints eventually became the blueprint for the band’s debut album, which was recorded live at the Monterey Jazz Festival in September 2013. Fast forward a year of living and breathing Shorter’s charts. Sound Prints hit The Scripps Research Institute and doled out a masterclass performance of “Destination Unknown.” If you’re learning how to navigate those tricky Shorter changes, then sit down and take notes. Scroll down to watch Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda Oh, and veteran drummer Joey Baron perform Wayne Shorter’s “Destination Unknown” live at TSRI in San Diego, CA on October 15, 2014. Grab your copy of Sound Print’s Live At Monterey Jazz Festival via iTunes and Amazon. Catch Sound Prints on Friday, May 15th during the Wayne Shorter Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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