Friday, 8 June 2018
Wayne Shorter feat. Milton Nascimento - Native Dancer (1975)
The result was a damn fine album that sounds almost as authentically Brazilian as it does mid-70s jazz fusion. On the four non-Nascimento tracks, Shorter breezes through the grooves with Herbie Hancock acting as the perfect foil (and composer of closing track Joanna's Theme) on piano. And with summer officially kicking off, copious amounts of Fender Rhodes are mandatory, at least in my ears - the main electric pianist here is another Brazilian, Wagner Tiso.
Brazilian music in general from the 60s onwards is another summer must-have in my book, as longtime readers will be aware (more in the coming weeks naturally), and the star of Native Dancer has to be Milton Nascimento - this album was my introduction to his unique, soaring voice. The remaining five compositions on the album are Nascimento's, picking from the cream of his catalogue up til then. Milagre Dos Peixes gets anglicized to Miracle Of The Fishes here (but still with the Portuguese lyrics) and gets a fine MPB-jazz fusion makeover, as do Ponta De Areia, Lilia and more. From The Lonely Afternoons actually reminds me of late 80s Pat Metheny Group sans guitar solos. Grab a caipirinha and download.