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Weather Report


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.67 | 273 ratings

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4 stars What a fantastic album. I was introduced to this at a time when I didn't know much about jazz. It immediately became a highlight of my music collection. Copies have been lost, or worn out, but I always replace them as soon as possible. "Heavy Weather" will always be found in my home.

This is fusion at its best. "Birdland" became an instant classic, and sounds just as vital today. There are some lovely mellow moments. "A Remark You Made" is very touching. "Harlequin" is very smooth, and quite playful at times. "Teen Town" should be heard by any fan of the bass. No, scratch that, it should be heard by everyone. If for nothing else, to see just why Jaco Pastorius is held in such high regard. Not impressed? Then listen to "Havona." The man was from another planet. Actually, the whole band goes nuts on this one. "Rumba Mama" is a great Latin drum shout, and a bit of an odd number for an album like this.

This music is actually more jazz than rock. It is however some very proggy jazz. I view this as a masterpiece of music. If I were not constrained to the realm of prog, it would get five stars. It gets four, because I don't believe it is essential for a prog collection. Get it anyway.

H.T. Riekels

bhikkhu | 4/5 |


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