Heavy Weather

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11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Birdland 5:56 130,997
2 A Remark You Made 6:50 63,271
3 Teen Town 2:50 73,669
4 Harlequin 3:59 48,680
5 Rumba Mama 2:11 42,151
6 Palladium 4:46 46,665
7 The Juggler 5:03 44,353
8 Havona 6:01 45,807
9 Black Market (Live) 9:28 1,615
10 Teen Town (Live) 6:30 1,906
11 Birdland (Live) 6:58 859

About this album

Heavy Weather is Weather Report’s seventh album, released in 1977 through Columbia Records. It is the band’s second album with bassist Jaco Pastorius. On Black Market, Pastorius played on two of the seven tracks, but here he is a full member of the band.

Featuring the jazz standard “Birdland”, the album is one of the best-sellers in the Columbia jazz catalog. Heavy Weather is considered a landmark album in the jazz-rock or fusion movement of the 1970s. Its opening track, “Birdland”, was a significant commercial success, something not typical of instrumental music. The Birdland melody had been performed live by the band as part of Dr Honoris Causa from Zawinul’s eponymous solo album predating the formation of Weather Report which was often coupled with Directions which appeared on I Sing the Body Electric. A striking feature of Birdland is Pastorius picking harmonics on his fretless bass, although recordings exist of live performance of the theme prior to Pastorius joining the band when it was purely a keyboard section.

Weather Report: Heavy Weather 1977

1. Birdland (Zawinul)(6’)
2. A Remark You made (Zawinul)(6’52)
3. Teen town (Pastorius)(2’53)
4. Harlequin (Shorter)(4’)
Side 2
5. Rumba Mama (Paderna-Acuna)2’12
6. Palladium (Shorter) 4’45
7. The Juggler (Zawinul)5’05
8. Havona (Pastorius)6’03

Joe Zawinul (ARP 2600, Rhodes electric piano, acoustic piano,
Oberheim polyphonic synthesizer, melodica),
Wayne Shorter (soprano & tenor saxophones),
Jaco Pastorius (Fender bass, steel drums & Mandocello),
Alex Acuna (drums & congas),
Manola Badrena (congas & percussion)

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  • JamesHippieKid

    Love this album.

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • oldirtyvillain

    I'm actually digging the synths. Great record.

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Gaffes

    Without doubt a wonderful record... But doesn't reach the Black Market's creativeness.

    17 Jul 2012 Reply
  • thenearestdoor

    great album. bad album art :p

    7 Jan 2011 Reply
  • earsintune

    what a lot of soul this track has

    30 Dec 2010 Reply
  • masja-tv


    13 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Feedbekkon

    Fuckin' awesome.

    16 Jun 2010 Reply
  • dardar227

    What's kind of annoying is people claiming to be Fusion Jazz fans and not liking this album. If there was a "Dark Side of The Moon" of Fusion, this would be it. There are a lot of groups I don't like but I respect their fans enough not to come on their page and knock them and leave degrading comments.

    29 May 2010 Reply
  • drthatguy

    it is kinda annoying TBH. jaco is great but some of the synths are a bit cheesy.

    28 Mar 2010 Reply
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  • SEAN_1989

    Richmond VA radio station WRXL 102, back in the 80s, had this show called "Jazz Moods" w/ host David Sanborn on Sunday evenings at 8PM eastern. I miss that show! Weather Report was on their with one of their tracks from "Heavy Weather" :)

    19 Dec 2009 Reply
  • fry1077

    love this album

    4 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Bentwick09

    A remark you made...., one of the best songs for all times..., love it.....

    3 Jul 2009 Reply
  • PrimitiveInds

    why the fuck basically bass?

    25 Apr 2009 Reply
  • discordia23

    Birdland (jazz club), a famous jazz club in New York City, originally located on 52nd Street, now at 315 W. 44th St. (from Wikipedia), if you really care to know.

    13 Sep 2007 Reply
  • will4bur00

    ey? Where's Birdland?

    28 Jan 2007 Reply

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