Wayne Shorter, who turned 80 in 2013, won the NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll by a large margin. Robert Ashcroft/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Wayne Shorter's new album, Without a Net, comes out Feb. 5. Robert Ascroft/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Wayne Shorter's 2003 album Alegria finds the saxophonist and composer matching his quartet with orchestral textures. Thomas Dorn/Verve Records hide caption

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Wayne Shorter performs with his quartet at the 2008 Vitoria-Gasteiz Jazz Festival in Basque Country, Spain. Rafa Rivas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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