Hear Ezra Collective take on Wayne Shorter’s “Footprints”

Big shoes to fill.

Blue Note Records has tapped Ezra Collective to put their own spin on Wayne Shorter’s composition “Footprints.”

The release is the second preview of the upcoming album, Blue Note Re:Imagined, which features contemporary artists reworking classic selections from the label’s storied catalog. The first was Jorja Smith’s take on St Germain’s “Rose Rouge.” Both tracks will be released on a limited edition 7-inch vinyl out July 31.

“This project means so much to us in Ezra Collective,” the UK band said in a statement. “For us, Blue Note encapsulates everything that jazz is. Ever-changing, ever-moving with times and always swinging. From Herbie to Wayne, Glasper and Jose James. Across the decades it’s been a constant source of inspiration, so to contribute to that is a dream come true.”

They added, “‘Footprints’ was a song we learnt as teenagers, and a song we’ve haven’t left alone since. It felt the perfect opportunity to pay homage to a hero of ours, Wayne Shorter, as well as document the journey we’ve made as a band since then.”

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The track is Ezra Collective’s latest release since their 2019 album You Can’t Steal My Joy, which included the tracks “Quest for Coin,” “What am I to Do?” featuring Loyle Carner and “Reason in Disguise” featuring Jorja Smith.

Talents from the new London jazz scene heavily feature on Blue Note Re:Imagined, including Nubya Garcia, Emma-Jean Thackray, Poppy Ajudha and Alfa Mist. The record is out September 25.

Stream Ezra Collective’s rendition of “Footprints” here:

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