Without a Net


Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Feb 12, 2013
    Without a Net is free to bursting point, but it's a triumph.
  2. Feb 12, 2013
    It’s all intelligently arranged, but also in thrall to the energy and swing of jazz tradition--there is plenty of rhythm and blues during the improvising.
  3. Feb 12, 2013
    While the album is daunting to absorb at a sprawling 77 minutes, the results are well worth it.
  4. Jul 15, 2013
    To fully appreciate the album, it needs close attention. The magic comes when the members of the quartet start bumping each other up to the next musical level, and it helps to discover the steps they take to do that.
  5. Feb 21, 2013
    This superb recording is as good a place as any to find a decent map.
  6. Feb 12, 2013
    Shorter is firmly at the helm, yet benevolent enough to play the background when needed. The rhythm has taken him far.
  7. Mojo
    Feb 12, 2013
    Comprising mostly new material, the performances are frequently breathtaking. [Mar 2013, p.91]
  8. Uncut
    Feb 12, 2013
    Some stunning inventive improvisation, with pianist Danilo Perez sounding like 10 excited monkeys jumping up and down on the keys. In a good way. [Mar 2013, p.76]
  9. Feb 12, 2013
    While any new album from Shorter is an event at this juncture, Without a Net is special even among the recordings made by this outstanding group.
  10. Feb 12, 2013
    Perez, Pattitucci and Blade are about as blue chip as they come, and they easily outclass their somewhat calcified counterparts on the Rollins outings, but there are still sections in the collection that don’t feel on par with Shorter’s storied brilliance.

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