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Weather Report

Weather Report started out as a jazz equivalent of what the rock world in 1970 was calling a "supergroup." But unlike most of the rock supergroups, this one not only kept going for a good 15 years, it more than lived up to its billing, practically defining the state of the jazz-rock art throughout almost all of its run. Weather Report also anticipated and contributed to the North American interest in world music rhythms and structures, prodded by keyboardist/co-founder Joe Zawinul. And WR, like many of jazz's great long-lived groups, proved to be an incubator for several future leaders who passed in and out of the band in a never-ending series of revolving-door personnel changes. The original members of the band were Zawinul, Wayne Shorter (saxophones), Miroslav Vitous (electric bass), Airto Moreira (percussion) and Alphonse Mouzon (drums), with only Zawinul and (until 1985) Shorter remaining in place throughout the band's lifespan. Zawinul, Shorter and Moreira all had experience playing in and influencing the studio and live electric bands of Miles Davis -- and at first, WR was a direct extension of Miles' In a Silent Way/B**ches Brew period, with free-floating collective improvisation and interplay, combining elements of jazz, rock, funk, Latin and other ethnic musics.

With the release of Sweetnighter in 1972, Zawinul's influence upon the band's direction began to deepen; the groove became more important, structures were imposed upon the material (though the group continued its freewheeling interplay in live gigs). When the innovative bassist Jaco Pastorius replaced Alphonso Johnson in 1976, WR entered its most popular phase, with Pastorius becoming a flamboyant third lead voice, Shorter's sax receding into more epigrammatic form, and Zawinul rediscovering his commercial touch and sharpening his electronic sophistication. The best-selling Heavy Weather album (1977) actually served up a hit song that became a jazz standard ("Birdland"), and with the entry of Peter Erskine on drums (1978), the group finally had a stable lineup for awhile.

Contrary to accepted wisdom, the departures of Pastorius and Erskine in 1982 led to a recharging of WR's batteries; their replacements Victor Bailey (bass), Omar Hakim (drums), Jose Rossy and later, Mino Cinelu (percussion) were more amenable to Zawinul's deepening inclinations for Third World rhythms, sounds and textures. This edition of WR rattled off three more albums, including the outstanding Procession. But Shorter, who had gradually ceded nearly total artistic control to Zawinul, was getting restless; he took a leave of absence in 1985 and later that year, left WR for good. This Is This (1985), in which Erskine returns and Shorter plays only a limited role, was WR's swan song. Zawinul would tour in 1986 with a revamped version called Weather Update (a prelude to the keyboardist's own Zawinul Syndicate), and there was talk in 1996 about Zawinul and Shorter reuniting in the studio for a new edition of WR, but Zawinul later deflated the speculation. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi
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Weather Report is the very definition of jazz fusion
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philippepelu s o
Black Market is the ultimate Jazz Fusion album of the 70's!
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Wayne Shorter.
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Bass bend and keyboard flow is the teats.
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a remark you made pure jaco soul poured into his hands
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Love this group and miss Jaco
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My favorite fusion band Sweetnighter turned me out
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I love their forecast. Elegant people, that's right up my alley. Brilliance.
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Jaco Pastorius you are truly missed, but good to know that your son Felix is carrying the banner of your legacy, as the new Yellowjacket s bassist! : )
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Yes, we truly miss you Jaco Pastorious!
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philippepelu s o
Black Market: best fusion album ever!
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Wonderful
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Perfect song since I'm at the airport :)
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philippepelu s o
the best jazz fusion band ever!!!
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A REMARK YOU MADE
A beautiful song !!!! X
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NUBIAN SUNDANCE ROCKS !!!
FLOW all day ������
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ELEGANT PEOPLE ��
It don't get NO BETTER !!!!!
CLASSIC ����
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MEMORIES!!!! : ) : ) : )
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HARLEQUIN KICKS A** !!! X
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I miss Acuna!
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First time really listening to the track called "WILL" on the SWEETNIGHTER CD !!!! ROCKS !!!! Sweet & elegant !!! X
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Song called THE ELDERS is FLOW x
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Great WEATHER REPORT & miss you Jaco!
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My all time favorite! Let's not forget about the INCREDIBLE Bobby Thomas, Jr.----Sendi n g Big Love to All. RIP Joe, Jaco & the Lovely Maxine
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This is why God gave us the ability to listen, not simply hear
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Sunday afternoon with BADIA, my Woman & Wimbledon !!!!! Yeah X
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Truly, the best band to ever touch music. The personnel, the beat, the melodies, the little aspects of each piece that make it differ from all others. Each piece also had at least something familiar, I could never put my finger on it. Especially the album "Mr. Gone." So familiar, but I have never heard it before. I guess that is what makes a band or musician great, where they can connect and oh-so familiar music which you never had ever heard before.
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Great Jazz band!
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gwenarcadia
Yup
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alohakghi
I wish Pandora would list the musicians who are playing on each track. When album covers were around, my friends and I would constantly refer to the list of musicians to figure out who was playing on a particular song we liked. Weather Report LOVE
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I really miss this progressive style of jazz. Totally sends you over the moon....
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Boogie Woogie Waltz WOW !!!!! The whole band rocks !!!! Miroslav kicks a** :) x
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alohakghi
Where does jazz-rock fusion fit in the R&R Hall of Fame? If any group meets the induction criteria, it's WR. They were such innovators and attracted so many gifted artists. We always loved you, Jaco.
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LUV Y'ALL 4EVER,JOE & JACO!!! Totally irreplaceabl e . . . . . . . . . R I P ! ! ! :'(:-D :'(
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First time pandora played Birdland, and it's not even the studio version -_-
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Me again, I just wanted to say that the Boogie Woogie Walltz will always be one of my favorite songs of all time.
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I saw WR at the Kennedy Center in DC, fanastic show.
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I was in a progressive band in '76 called Space Opera - based out of Ft. Worth. We were the warm up band for WR in Dallas in '76. What an awesome experience!!
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Astonishing how their sound deliberately evolved over the years, yet at no point was it unevolved. Each WR album marks its place in time, informed by its past while nodding toward the future.
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wolfspider
I was very lucky to have seen them at the Warner Theater in DC with Al Di Meola as the warm up band and the great late Jaco was on bass with WR. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience. I was blown away.
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damn! never had a chance to see them live. sweetnighter is the best!
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The Sweetnighter cd is a definite must have if you're a Weather Report fan !! Sooooo funky X
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Badia Is a classic !!! Weather Report forever x
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Agree on 8:30. fabulous!
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8:30 is a masterpiece live album; I happen 2 have had it myself. Tour-de-forc e performances , & yes,I miss Jaco!
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The weather for the day will be; sunny in the cool mid 70's, humidity low 40's and a breeze from Canada....th a t w/b the WEATHER REPORT
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I tell the pupils @ St Martin de Porres of the greatness of WR !!! They think that I'm crazy ;)
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Nothing better !!! You'd better recognize :) x
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Bravo, a classic ; I miss Jaco!
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got to hear them live in the late part of 70's at the Berkeley comm. theatre, sound perf., jaco did a great trib. the jimi, flames on his bass. Not to mention that cool thing he did where he looped his bass lines 2 or 3 times, then played a solo over them...bad a**!!!
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