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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.
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 a very good album. The music is still very moving even today.Published 23 months ago by Fr. Kenneth Mayne
Milton Nascemento and wayne shorter combine for great 90s era jazz fusion. Sounds a lot like Jeff Lorber.Published on July 17, 2014 by Dan Krushinski
Not a "beginning to end" great CD, but a pleasant sounding album with some great moments. Wayne sounds superb and there's some unique writing worth hearing.Published on April 24, 2013 by John Hilton