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Ilya Stemkovsky
Modern Drummer, April 2015

LANGUAGE OF THE UNKNOWN (THE) - A Film About the Wayne Shorter Quartet (Documentary, 2013) (NTSC) 102197
LANGUAGE OF THE UNKNOWN (THE) - A Film About the Wayne Shorter Quartet (Documentary, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) 108114

Watching artists watching themselves in the act of creation is a rare treat. Brian Blade plays with total freedom, actively participating with a steady stream of input that’s never indulgent. On an extended “Starry Night,” he eases in with subtlety and mystery before some kind of pulse eventually takes root; the piece culminates with a full-kit meter-less frenzy of cymbal bombs and jittery rolls. Adventurous stuff, and an absorbing look under the hood of a pure musical machine. © 2015 Modern Drummer

Robbie Gerson
Audiophile Audition, December 2014


Eighty-one year old Wayne Shorter has been an iconic jazz artist for over fifty years. His stints with Miles Davis, Art Blakey and Weather Report demonstrate his creative approach toward jazz.

Director Guido Lukoschek and Arthaus Musik have released this Blu-ray documentary, The Language Of The UnknownA Film About The Wayne Shorter Quartet. The film gets to the essence of Shorter, combining his Buddhist orientation with his quasi-mystical approach to music. Small moments encapsulate the 80-minute documentary half of the film. There is a scene of Shorter reacting to the quartet on the laptop that is heartwarming.

The five-song set (“Zero Gravity/Lotus”, “Prometheus Unbound”, “She Moves Through The Fair”, ”Plaza Real” and “Starry Night”)  showcases their chemistry and Shorter’s expertise on soprano. Perez adds many subtle shadings and rhythmic flourishes to the jams. Blade and Patitucci complement perfectly. The quartet shifts from intense cascades to ruminative segues with ease. To the delight of the audience, the group encores with “Joy Ryder”.

The overall HD video quality of the Blu-ray transfer is excellent. The images are crystalline and the colors natural. The PCM stereo audio is vibrant with excellent separation. © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

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