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BLACK MARKET

Weather Report

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.95 | 176 ratings

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OzzProg
5 stars Ahhh, the sweet and soothing sound of perfected Jazz / Rock fusion comes drifting on over from the Black Market...

This caliber of Fusion rock is scarcely reached, even by top musicians. The way that each song flows peacefully, without being boring, and still being very fun and uplifting is astonishing. There is definitely not a dull moment on this dynamic ranging Jazz album (You can hear Reggae, Rock, Funk, Psychedelia etc...); You are either put into a Jazzy trance, or you are bombarded with quick beats, and some nifty bass playing (not to mention superb keyboards and saxophone). All musicians play in unison, creating atmospheres of Jazzy Africa. However, certain instruments call out above the others. I think everyone will notice the phenomenal Bass Playing by Alphonso Johnson (and Jaco Pastorius ain't to shabby either!), and of course the tremendous Drums laid down by Chester Thompson. Highlight tracks are easy to point out too (not that the others are weak): Black Market, with an almost Jazzy reggae feel to it at parts. Then there is the center piece of the album; Gibraltar, which is also the longest track of the album. Gibraltar is the most rock oriented track on the album, a very bombastic fusion style. Next is the Jazziest Funk you'll ever hear Barbary Coast, with some STELLAR bass playing. The final track is my favourite, Herandnu, with the the most psychedelic Jazz I've ever heard.

This album is an ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE to any Jazz fan, or serious Progressice Rock lover. Long live Jazz fusion!

OzzProg | 5/5 |

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