Wayne Shorter (with Milton Nascimento): Miracle of the Fishes


Miracle Of The Fishes


Wayne Shorter (tenor sax, soprano sax)


Native Dancer (Columbia PC 33418)

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Wayne Shorter (tenor sax, soprano sax), Milton Nascimento (vocals), Airto Moreira (percussion),

Wagner Tiso (electric piano), David Amaro (guitar), Roberto Silva (drums)


Composed by Milton Nascimento


Recorded: Los Angeles, September 12, 1974


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

With his 1975 release Native Dancer, Wayne Shorter fully embraced the Brazilian influence that had been present in his music from his early Blue Note days. The album highlighted not only Shorter’s skills as an arranger and composer, but also those of the astonishingly talented Milton Nascimento. On "Miracle Of The Fishes," Nascimento’s powerful vocals introduce the theme in a soaring falsetto before descending into the meaty mid-register and delivering the Portuguese vocal in a declarative tone that Shorter picks up going into his solo. Over an ethereal vocal counterpoint Shorter’s tenor is a brash foil, delivering low-register retorts and chirping high notes before switching to his more subdued soprano and leading the band out.

Reviewer: Matt Miller

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