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Native Dancer
     

Native Dancer

by Wayne Shorter
 

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Brazilian singer and composer Milton Nascimento may have been a star in his native land, but back in 1975 he would have had a pretty tough time even getting arrested in the U.S. All that changed with his stunning guest appearance on Wayne Shorter's NATIVE DANCER. Singing on only a few tracks, Nascimento made an immediate impact with

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Brazilian singer and composer Milton Nascimento may have been a star in his native land, but back in 1975 he would have had a pretty tough time even getting arrested in the U.S. All that changed with his stunning guest appearance on Wayne Shorter's NATIVE DANCER. Singing on only a few tracks, Nascimento made an immediate impact with listeners enchanted by the unearthly beauty of his voice and the lyrical character of songs like "Tarde" and "Anna Maria." Tenor and soprano saxophonist Shorter had flirted with Brazilian music on earlier solo albums; here, he took the full plunge. Turning away from the electronic swirl of Shorter's full-time band, Weather Report, NATIVE DANCER conjures up lush tropical atmospheres by featuring mostly-acoustic instrumentation -- a true treat, for the unadulterated sound of Shorter's saxophones is about as breathtaking as it gets.

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Some jazz purists would say that Wayne Shorter went downhill in the 1970s, when he passionately embraced electric jazz-fusion and co-led the innovative Weather Report with Joe Zawinul. But remember: Those are the same people who also claim that Miles Davis' stunning Bitches Brew has no value, and that Chick Corea's visionary Return to Forever was a complete waste -- so it's hard to take their opinions seriously. The fact is that the '70s were a highly productive time for Shorter, and it wasn't until the '80s that the tenor and soprano saxophonist really declined creatively. One of Shorter's best-selling albums from the '70s was Native Dancer, a Brazilian-oriented jazz-fusion masterpiece that boasts Herbie Hancock on acoustic piano and electric keyboards, and employs such Brazilian talent as singer Milton Nascimento (a superstar in Brazil) and percussionist Airto Moreira. Everything on this melodic, consistently lyrical effort is a jewel, and that includes Hancock's "Joanna's Theme," as well as pieces by Nascimento ("From the Lonely Afternoons" and "Ponta de Areia") and by Shorter himself ("Ana Maria," "Beauty and the Beast" ). Native Dancer is clearly among Shorter's most essential albums.

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Release Date:
03/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972436524
catalogNumber:
724365
Rank:
45031

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