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BLACK MARKET

Weather Report

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.02 | 257 ratings

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BrufordFreak
4 stars Though the band had long been established--inspired by Miles Davis' Bitches Brew sessions in the summer of 1969--ths is one of the band's most popular albums. While the sounds or stylings of Joe Zawinal and Wayne Shorter never really wowed me, the ensemble sound, unusual (and engaging) melodies, and great performances from the extraordinary Weather Report rhythm section always drew me in. Here we are graced with various combinations of contributions from bassists Alphonso Johnson and Jaco Pastorius, drummers Narada Michael Walden and Chester Thompson, and percussionists Don Elias and Alejandro "Alex" Acuņa. What a treat!

Five star songs: 7. "Herandnu" (6:38) Alfonso Johnson penned this final song of the album--and a beauty it is! For me this is the band at their most dynamic and joyful. (9/10); 2. "Cannon Ball" (4:40) the band's first contribution from Jaco Pastorius (9/10); 3. "Gibraltar" (7:49) (9/10), and; the percussionist's treat 4. "Elegant People" (5:03) (9/10).

Four star songs: 1. "Black Market" (6:30) (8.5/10); 5. "Three Clowns" (3:27) (8/10); 6. "Barbary Coast" (3:10) Jaco's first compositional contribution to the band. This is Jaco doing Jaco while the band supports. (8/10).

While the performances are masterful throughout this album, I don't feel that the compositions are as strong or as memorable as those from other WR albums. Four stars.

BrufordFreak | 4/5 |

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