Super Nova (Wayne Shorter album)

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Super Nova
Super Nova (Wayne Shorter album).jpg
Studio album by Wayne Shorter
Released 1969
Recorded August 29 & September 2, 1969
Studio A&R Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 37:55
Label Blue Note
BST 84332
Producer Alfred Lion
Wayne Shorter chronology
Super Nova
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Super Nova is the twelfth album by Wayne Shorter, recorded in 1969 and released on the Blue Note label. The album features five originals by Shorter and an arrangement of "Dindi" by Antônio Carlos Jobim. "Water Babies", "Capricorn" and "Sweet Pea" were originally recorded in a more traditional jazz setting in 1967 during the sessions with the Second Miles Davis Quintet that would be released in 1976 on the album Water Babies.

Chick Corea appears on drums rather than his typical role as a keyboardist.


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4 stars stating "The influence of Miles Davis' early fusion period is felt throughout the music but there is nothing derivative about the often-surprising results. As with Wayne Shorter's best albums, this set rewards repeated listenings.".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Wayne Shorter except where noted.

  1. "Supernova" – 4:52
  2. "Swee-Pea" – 4:36
  3. "Dindi" (Antônio Carlos Jobim) – 9:35
  4. "Water Babies" – 4:53
  5. "Capricorn" – 7:47
  6. "More Than Human" – 6:12


  • Recorded August 29 (1, 2, 4 & 5) and September 2 (3 & 6), 1969.



  1. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed July 4, 2011
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 180. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.