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Studio Album, released in 1985

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Endangered Species (4:45)
2. The Three Marias (5:48)
3. The Last Silk Hat (5:22)
4. When You Dream (4:28)
5. Who Goes There! (5:28)
6. Atlantis (4:32)
7. Shere Khan, The Tiger (2:14)
8. Criangas (3:38)
9. On The Eve Of Departure (5:56)

Total time 42:11

Line-up / Musicians

- Wayne Shorter / soprano & tenor saxophones, composer

- Jim Walker / flute, alto-flute, piccolo
- Yaron Gershovsky / piano
- Michiko Hill / piano
- Joseph Vitarelli / Synclavier & keyboards (1)
- Michael Hoenig / Synclavier programming (1)
- Larry Klein / electric bass
- Alex Acuņa / drums, percussion
- Ralph Humphrey / drums (1)
- Lenny Castro / percussion (1)
- Diana Acuņa, Dee Dee Bellson, Nani Brunel, Trove Davenport, Sanaa Larhan, Edgy Lee, Kathy Lucien / vocals

Releases information

Artwork: Billy Dee Williams

LP Columbia ‎- FC 40055 (1985, US)

CD Columbia ‎- CK 40055 (1985, US)

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Review by Kazuhiro
4 stars I think that many of the performance multiplied for Wayne Shorter in the middle of the 80's from the middle of the 70's faithfully exactly drew his creation in various musicians and places. Of course, it might be true for him in the existence of "Weather Report" that it was one of the lifeworks in the history of his music in the flow. When working about Weather Report that reached, he might have enriched a lot of ideas and creativity in as many as 15 years.

Of course, the creation of his music demonstrates the ability for work with various musicians. Joni Mitchell and Steely Dan in parallel with WR. Or, it competed with musicians such as Carlos Santana and a lot of good work was left. Or, many of the record with V.S.O. P are still handed down as a performance of the legend.

A lot of fans of him might divide the evaluation by the work in some ages in the history of his music. It works with Art Blakey old. Or, a lot of masterpieces left in the age of Blue Note. And, Weather Report exists. Lowering the quality never develops the performance that not is for Wayne Shorter also for a lot of fields for competing with various musicians as for being [**].

If the charm of his music is considered, it is a point that he was having them faithfully think about the music that it should do always. And, the point to reflect those elements in my road through competing with various musicians. And, the point to express the cultivated idea in his Solo Album splendidly especially. And, his original melody and a lot the theme. It is guessed that they worked on music with flexibility always.

Generally, some his representative's Solo Album exists. "Native Dancer" announced in 1974 will be able to be counted as the one. The route of atmosphere that crossed the element of the rhythm that Weather Report had at that time and the border waited for the world and the aspect and produced "Native Dancer" of originality of Wayne Shorter. The existence of Milton Nascimento might be large in those creations. Wayne Shorter always sets up an antenna to the flow in the age and is offering us the original world without fail. It appears enough for his Solo Album to say nothing of it.

The flow of Weather Report is guessed that there were a change in some tunes and changes in directionality in 1985. Of course, there might be not only member's changing places but also a point that grew up in the band of the Joe Zawinul initiation. However, Wayne Shorter always poured power into work with Weather Report of 15 years. Therefore, his Solo Album's not having been announced in 1974 might apply to them. It is made remarks that the act from which fact Wayne Shorter also makes the tune is always slow. Years that will hang for 11 years by the time he announces this album are guessed that various situations came in succession.

It risks it, and he a consistent is painting and cartoon of his hobby from the student. Or, it is said that it liked world in which SF. A mystique of the melody that he produces and active Ad- Rib, etc. might be elements from the world of him always delivered. In the mystique and the consistent theme that can be listened by "Native Dancer", the world of Wayne Shorter might be consistent evidences. And, the album named this "Atlantis" was a flow of his mysterious idea and it is likely to have risen to one of the interests.

Often, the listener who talks about the characteristic of this album might feel a certain kind of difficult part. Of course, there might have been a change in various music and fashions in the age during years when 11 years had been spent as Solo Album. However, Wayne Shorter always created the original world. If the point of "Difficulty" is considered, it is possible to think about some respects. Creation that derives from one Kan of hobby of Wayne Shorter. And, the point to have reflected them in music. Especially, derivation of various music seen in 1985 when Weather Report faced time of dissolution. Or, musical instruments and the machine parts of the fashion at that time. His fan might have liked pure Jazz/Fusion. Music who can listen ..refined Jazz/Fusion that conceives the mystique indeed ..cannot specification.... has finished by this album and. There might be an impression that gives an inorganic, Kon futuristic element from a fantastic element that he was doing as an overall impression and a graceful sense. However, it be might a result of the record that the world of Wayne Shorter was expressed at this time and a very natural act if it considered it as a flow of Jazz/Fusion to which this time was refined.

"Endangered Species" that gives a very futuristic impression has the theme very refined. However, an active melody of Wayne Shorter sounds in that. The atmosphere produced in the 80's is transmitted. The melody of Synclavier is indeed refined.

In "Three Marias", Ensemble of a mysterious melody and musicians is splendid tunes. As for this tune, it is collected to his best album and Andy Summers covers this tune.

"The Last Silk Hat" is a tune of which his soprano Sax went out forward. It might be a tune with the atmosphere of Weather Report at latter term. It is said that it is a tune that makes Hat that floats on the surface of the sea after Atlantis sinks imagining it.

"When You Dream" is indeed refined and the tune to feel a slow wave. I will be able to feel the fact that this album never stays only in an electronic element by this tune. Children's chorus might twine round the composition of the tune well and succeeded.

"Who Goes There" has the melody that Wayne Shorter likes. It might be one of the important factors in the point for power and the mystique of this tune kept secret to compose the album. The usage etc. of the rhythm of the shuffle might run to Weather Report.

"Atlantis" is a theme of this album. Beautiful piano and chorus. And, the melody might contain the fantasy of initial Weather Report.

It might be Jazz/Fusion that slows down the element of the fantasy to which "Shere Khan,The Tiger" is refined as possession. As for the fan of pure Jazz, I might feel a difficult part of puzzled and the album because it contains such a lot of fantasies and mysterious elements while composing the album.

In "Criancas", the mysterious melody played by soprano Sax is an impressive tune. And, the work of a dynamic drum of Alejandro Acuna is a tune with atmosphere that always throbs and is very near Weather Report. It is said that it is a tune made imagining the day before when children and woman fly away to the sky.

Thought that age and Wayne Shorter made at this time think about. Or, the mystique and it is fantastic that consistently flows to this album. Or, when this album is researched, an abstract impression might go to a difficult a little part and be hit. However, a mystique and a transparent feeling of this album drawn in the age might be faithfully made an embodiment by the theme and performing this album.

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