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WAYNE SHORTER QUARTET

The wire is thin and stretched tight between two poles. On one end is everything known – the safe sounds, the expected chords resolving in expected ways. On the far end is something more elusive – the magic realm where jazz becomes what the critic Whitney Balliett once called “the sound of surprise.”

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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GMZIG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,929 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ponta de Areia
2. Beauty and the Beast
3. Tarde
4. Miracle of the Fishes
5. Diana
6. From the Lonely Afternoons
7. Ana Maria
8. Lilia
9. Joanna's Theme

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When "Native Dancer" came out in the 70s I wore out several LP recordings of this album and bought copies for my friends.
Burnt Around the Edges
I had always loved Wayne Shorter and Weather Report but teaming Wayne Shorter up with Milton Nascimento produced an album that was just a pure joy.
Edward Banning
"Ponta de Areia" is particularly beautiful, with Nascimento's almost lullabye-like vocals interweaving into the music seamlessly.
Westley

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By L. Bleicher on May 22, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Although the cover says "Wayne Shorter featuring Milton Nascimento", this is really a "Milton Nascimento featuring Wayne Shorter" album. Not only because the main themes are authored by Milton, but also because of the presence of two of the musicians responsible for his sui generis sound in his 70's albums: Wagner Tiso and his remarkable harmonies, Robertinho Silva and his flamboyant drumming. The tracks "Ponta de Areia", "Tarde", and "Miracle of the fishes" are pure 70's Milton Nascimento. But, of course, choosing to market the album as Wayne Shorter's was the right thing to do to hit the charts in the US.

Having said that, the track "Lilia" goes in the opposite direction. Although it was also composed by Milton, this is quite different from the original version (which is also fantastic), heard on Milton and Lo Borges seminal album "Clube da Esquina". Think of it as "Weather Report does Milton Nascimento" - although the beautiful vocal melody is kept intact, the harmony is totally redone, giving the track a darker atmosphere, much like the Weather Report tracks we all love.

This was the album which caught my attention to Milton Nascimento. I've bought Clube da Esquina just afterwards, and I was so blown away that I immediately ordered all the albums he recorded in the seventies (definitely his best stuff). "Milton", "Clube da Esquina", "Milagre dos Peixes" (the album, both the studio and the live edition, which includes unreleased tracks), "Minas", "Geraes", and "Clube da Esquina II" are all must-buy records.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Burnt Around the Edges on July 24, 2010
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When "Native Dancer" came out in the 70s I wore out several LP recordings of this album and bought copies for my friends. Wayne and Milton made excellent musical partners and are ably supported by Herbie Hancock, Wagner Tiso, Robertinho Silva, and Airto Moriera. Wonderful versions of Milton's songs, "Ponte de Areia","Tarde", "Milagre Dos Peixes", Wayne's "Beauty and the Beast" and "Ana Maria", and Herbie Hancock's "Joanna's Theme". One of the most delightful and beautiful recordings ever made. Thirty-five years later this is still a breath of fresh air and full of life.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kurt E. Siegel on February 19, 2009
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Excellent! Lots of solo room for Mssrs.Shorter and Hancock. Extension of Weather Report although different. Godfather to Pat Metheny's subsequent efforts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward Banning on March 16, 2014
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I bought this album way back in the 70's and it has remained one of my favorites. I had always loved Wayne Shorter and Weather Report but teaming Wayne Shorter up with Milton Nascimento produced an album that was just a pure joy. It's sad that Milton Nascimento never became a household name in America. If I recall, on the original liner notes Wayne Shorter was wondering why he even had to explain the greatness of the man. Needless to say, over the years I have continued to be a fan of both these great musicians.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Taylor on July 3, 2014
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I have had some form of this album for 20 years(now a CD)..Wayne Shorter was at the top of his game here(still is great) and Milton Nascimiento should be heard if you have never heard of him. Their interplay is fantastic. The rest of the group is stand-out and I still break it out regularly.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gene Bartholomew on April 10, 2010
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I have a formidable jazz collection which contains all of the classic Wayne Shorter albums. This album gives birth to my new Milton Nascimento section.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Westley VINE VOICE on May 23, 2012
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In the 1970s, Wayne Shorter kept busy with the Weather Report and only recorded a few solo projects. One of them was the exquisite "Native Dancer," which marked his debut on Columbia Records. Although calling it a solo work is a bit misleading, given the very prominent role that Brazilian singer and guitarist, Milton Nascimento, plays on this CD. I'm a newcomer to jazz of this sort, and I tend to like more mainstream vocal jazz (e.g., Sinatra); in particular, I tend to dislike so-called "World Music." (I suppose it's debatable whether that term applies to this CD). However, I was completely and immediately blown away by "Native Dancer."

The CD consists of five songs written by Nascimento (Ponta de Areia, Tarde, Miracle of the Fishes, From the Lonely Afternoons, Lilia), three by Shorter (Beauty and the Beast, Diana, Ana Maria), and one by Herbie Hancock (Joanna's Theme). The songs with Nascimento are the real highlights, and his vocals mesh amazingly well with Shorter's jazz sax. The music feels completely organic and not forced. "Ponta de Areia" is particularly beautiful, with Nascimento's almost lullabye-like vocals interweaving into the music seamlessly. The song has been covered by such diverse artists as Earth, Wind & Fire and Esperanza Spalding. I found myself humming it for days after listening to the CD.

I didn't know what to expect with "Native Dancer," but I ended up excited about exploring more of Shorter's catalog. Interestingly, he did not record another solo work until 1985. So I will probably work backwards and try some of his Blue Note releases.
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This album has a delightful groove mixed with the silky sax of Mr. Shorter. Put this in the CD player in your car on a summer day and you driving by the coast at Rio...
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