Native Dancer (album)

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Native Dancer
Studio album by Wayne Shorter
Released September 12, 1974
Recorded 1974
Genre Jazz, Latin jazz, Jazz fusion, World fusion
Length 41:41
Language English, Portuguese
Label Columbia
Producer Jim Price, Nedra Neal
Wayne Shorter chronology
Odyssey of Iska
Native Dancer
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5/5 stars[2]

Native Dancer is the fifteenth album by Wayne Shorter. It is a collaboration with Brazilian musician Milton Nascimento,[3] featuring some of his most acclaimed compositions, including "Ponta de Areia" and "Miracle of The Fishes". It is notable for including jazz rock and funk elements in addition to regional rhythms and Brazilian influence, in an attempt to create a "world" music accessible from many perspectives. Many American musicians were influenced by this album, including Esperanza Spalding and Maurice White of Earth, Wind, and Fire, who covered "Ponta de Areia" on their hit 1977 album All 'N All.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ponta de Areia" (Nascimento) - 5:18
  2. "Beauty and the Beast"- 5:04
  3. "Tarde" (Brant, Nascimento) - 5:49
  4. "Miracle of the Fishes" (Brant, Nascimento) - 4:48
  5. "Diana" - 3:04
  6. "From the Lonely Afternoons" (Brant, Nascimento) - 3:15
  7. "Ana Maria" - 5:10
  8. "Lilia" (Nascimento) - 7:03
  9. "Joanna's Theme" (Hancock) - 4:17
All compositions by Wayne Shorter except as indicated
  • Recorded in Los Angeles, CA, 1974



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 180. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  3. ^ Neil Tesser (1998). The Playboy Guide to Jazz. Bloomsbury. pp. 222, 223.