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Umbria Jazz

Umbria Jazz 1986

While David Chertok continued to recount the history of jazz and the past masters of the art, the other maestros, those still playing, divided their attentions between the Frontone and the city’s clubs, offering a wide range of musical forms, from Lionel Hampton’s swing to Tito Puente’s Latin jazz featuring the voice of Celia Cruz; from Herbie Hancock’s super-quartet, to Joe Zawinhul’s attempts to re-awaken the spirit of the recently disbanded Weather Report, with his newly-formed Weather Update.

Artists also included another former Weather Report member, Wayne Shorter, this time playing with his own quartet. Then there was the former champion of free jazz, Archie Shepp, while Al Jarreau, at his very peak, was joined by the saxophonist David Seaborn. The artists appearing in the city’s clubs included Ahmad Jamal, Miles Davis’ beloved pianist returning to offer his rhythmic, excessively refined pianism.