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(1970 – 1986)

Weather Report was an influential band of the 1970s and 1980s, one of the bands that defined the genre. Their initial style was collectively improvised with a strong rhythmic pulse and influences; moving into more -oriented rhythms. The sound also developed from an acoustic lineup to increasingly synthesised textures as keyboardist Joe Zawinul embraced successive generations of technology.

The band was founded in 1970 by Josef Zawinul (keyboards) and Wayne Shorter (saxophones) following their experiences in Miles Davis’s pioneering electric band of the late 60s, although they had been friends for a decade before this. Zawinul and Shorter were the only permanent members: other musicians included bassists Miroslav Vitous, Alphonso Johnson, Jaco Pastorius and Victor Bailey; drummers Alphonse Mouzon, Eric Gravatt, Chester Thompson, Peter Erskine and Omar Hakim; and percussionists Airto Moreira, Alex Acuña and Manolo Badrena; with numerous other collaborators and guests.

Weather Report’s earliest releases owe a clear debt to Miles Davis’s late 60s electric style, but by the release of Mysterious Traveller in 1974, the group had arrived at a style of its own: several of the tracks depend upon propulsive rhythmic figures, with solos more explorative of mood than technical ‘excellence’. In this respect they were always more artistically ambitious than the majority of other jazz fusion artists.


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  • Waes-GOD

    Weather Report>Return To Forever

    10 Apr 5:46pm Reply
  • Marquis-manson

    Perhaps The Mighty Fine Bass Show...

    27 Mar 11:47pm Reply
  • mmgar

    at them everything is excellent

    7 Jan 9:15pm Reply
  • arturovito

    The Mighty Boosh brought me here

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Assedor

    This respected group has always sought to extract a diverse and deep sound. They have always been adventurous in the choice of material, and in the philosophical approach to the music. They produce a great impression of a mixture of artistry and power of influence. It makes sense to have them for your own collection.

    14 Jul 2013 Reply
  • TheBladeRunner_

    great music !

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Sheik777

    dat fretless bass...

    10 May 2013 Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    Got Heavy Weather on vinyl for 2 bucks!!

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
  • rogerjazzfan

    Sweetnighter is my favorite.

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Bentwick09

    Jaco years..., the golden years.......

    5 Apr 2013 Reply
  • doomaddicts

    thank you bass god

    5 Feb 2013 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Mysterious Traveller is, erm, mysterious...

    17 Oct 2012 Reply
  • digital2u

    yes black market one of the best maby the sphere do the rest

    9 Sep 2012 Reply
  • LtLollipop

    Black Market is by far the best album.

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Gaffes

    Black Market is the apex.

    17 Jul 2012 Reply
  • ativke

    is this muzak or really good

    16 Mar 2012 Reply
  • KubaNecina

    heavy weather is absolutely great album :) But it is group of jazz masters, all songs are worth of listening ,)

    29 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Coop_R

    Hey! What album is a good starting point? If that helps, I can tell you I liked Joe Zawinul's "Zawinul" a lot.

    26 Feb 2012 Reply
  • chrisjon89

    I wasn't too keen on Heavy Weather but I'm loving the self titled from '71

    26 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Clayton09

    Starting to really grow on me. Black Market, Heavy Weather, Mr. Gone.

    11 Dec 2011 Reply
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