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Weather Report


Jazz Rock/Fusion

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4 stars "Our music is fairy tale music. "

Joe Zawinul expressed a part of their music characters at time when Weather Report announced the debut album by the above-mentioned remark.

At that time, this album that had been recorded in 1971 called the big topic in the flow of the counterplan. A lot of impact sounds are certainly blocked in this album. They might have shown that it had given one new directionality to the item of Jazz.

Especially, existence of Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter in this group. They including Bass player's Miroslav Vitous spend in the 60's in the latter half of the 50's and, of course, are choosing the United States as the base of the activity. However, there might have been a part in which it had belonged to the position where a little keep away from in another meaning from the flow of the tradition by Jazz if it considered it from the activity concerning their music. The situation might be put and the future of Jazz be watched calmly while daily performing.

Wayne Shorter mentioned John Coltrane that gave the reformation in the item of Jazz and the part of the tradition. It is said that Wayne Shorter was always felt "I and John Coltrane are in a different place". It makes remarks further while explaining in the word that calls Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt and calls "Old Time Saxophonist".

「They surely take one directionality. On the other hand, I have the part where various directionality is taken. 」

It might have been thought that it had the shade of meaning in the part where the part where music was created only by the flow of the tradition of Jazz created the frame while repeating dismantlement and restructuring in a word. And, it similarly made remarks on Joe Zawinul.

"Always thought the turn in the world, touching to various music and the cultures, absorption as my originality, and developed it. "

The methodology in Be-Bop had a certainly wonderful element. However, the diversification might have existed together to the part of saturation in constant Improvisation. It was necessary to catch the flow from another angle and to create it. And, Weather Report finally shows the appearance in front of the listener.

The part where a traditional element of Jazz that they had been doing before the formation of the group is good is processed further attended with directionality and development. The part that seems that a weak point it is a method of informing the world of all creativity by music while improving it. They guess that they believe it is possible and started the formation of the band this.

The method of the improvisation concerning the composition will be able to be enumerated as a technique that they brought in in the field of Jazz. Method of carrying machine parts into home and studio and performing improvisation by using method of live looking like. It is a methodology as for the sound felt that it is a part where you may record it. for the record in a musical note in the music scoreTheir reformative parts might have gone out of the part reflected in the sound source always honestly by expressing feelings of momentary in the sound strongly as a meaning.

「All are Solo. However, all are not Solo. 」

"As for the composition and understanding, all the parts that I felt become theories. "

This remark of Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter might be shades of meaning said that the element and the material naturally generated in all will overflow further.

It might have had the part of the influence and the derivation of each other as a guess through the group of Miles Davis at this time if it enumerated it as a point that had to make a special mention. The musician who contributed to the activity of the group of Miles Davis is focused on the member of Weather Report. The music character at the time of which Weather Report debuted has a lot of opinions made to have been influenced from the music character of Miles Davis. However, it is guessed that this music character had exerted the influence of each other on Miles Davis.

If the remark of Joe Zawinul is quoted, it is a fact said, "Miles Davis was interested in the electric piano and demanded the performance of Fender Rhodes from Herbie Hancock".

Or, the fact that prohibits the performance by Chord that Miles Davis is complete compared with the player on the piano. It is said that the player range increased degree of freedom further due to these events.

And, the methodology by the reversal of the melody said that Wayne Shorter and John Coltrane thought will be able to be enumerated. Method of performing melody made in flow oppositely. Or, the method of performing from the opposite and lowering the rising melody. The technology of the composition of a method, a melody concerning the composition, and a free tune might have existed exactly for Weather Report as a very important point in the flow into which the band developed. It was always one of the consistent doing methods in the part that composed the work.

The activity of the band that gropes for the possibility always aiming at the part of degree of freedom and the reformation always appears remarkably in the work. Especially, it is a well- known fact that they gradually corrected the directionality by some members' replacements. However, the methodology concerning the music that they had might be advanced attended with the idea that has already been cultivated and the music character.

"It gradually talked without panicking at the beginning and directionality was decided. "

The remark of this Joe Zawinul might have indeed become a consistent slogan for Weather Report. It is said that the member who was related after the band debuts communicated with the discussion and the conference always. Might it project in the extension and their music characters have been projected to the sound attended with flexibility. And, a reformative part and a free performance become nuclei and appear in the performance. There might have been such a part for the period from the debut of the band to the finish of the activity. Of course, there might have been a reformation with a purpose, an idea, and directionality at the time of the debut of the band. However, creativity, degree of freedom, and the technology were always included in the band. The band to which these elements are united can catch as a dexterous part. The activity of the band that kept actually practicing and offering the existence and proof to the fan and the listener might be proof always attractive to the band.

As for "Milky Way", a mysterious sound is intermittently repeated. It is development to recollect one mystery and space exactly. Flow that completely excludes extra sound. Or, a complete anacatesthesia and the tension by coming in succession of the sound. And, Chord of exquisiteness is processed. It has a presentiment of the directionality of a new band.

"Umbrellas" It is a tune to accompany a complete dash feeling and the anacatesthesia. Flow that unifies flavor of different Groove. The band processes the sound intermittently freely. Continuousness and the flavor of the sound thrust into the ruled air might be splendid. Joe Zawinul can listen to a human performance in this album because it uses only the electric piano. It changes tempo and the composition of the tune with an advanced part and Improvisation continues a good tension.

"Seventh Arrow" is a tune of Miroslav Vitous. It is possible to catch very much as Jazz Rock that increases degree of freedom. The flow of Improvisation is introduced overall and advanced development is splendid. Part of steady rhythm section. Or, the sound of the percussion instrument effectively introduced. Each member might talk by music while searching for a sound each other while repeating the theme that the piano and Sax are perfect. It is a tune with the flow and the tension that digests the methodology of Jazz most and develops.

As for "Orenge Lady", the anacatesthesia of Sax twines round the electric piano with a transparent feeling well. Do the float of the melody that flows slowly in the space. The music character cultivated in the group of Miles Davis might be being indeed absorbed well by this band. The tension and the anacatesthesia that drifts as much as possible are splendid. The impression of the tune has been decided also to the flow that excluded the rhythm at the first stage. The tune shifts to development to accompany the sound of the percussion instrument before long. Melody in which soprano Sax is glossy. Construction of sound of electric piano with element of sequence. The band combines attended with an enchantment a few elements.

"Morning Lake" is a tune of Miroslav Vitous. This tune is a tune to collect to "To Be Continued" that Miroslav Vitous announced with Terje Rypdal and Jack Dejohnette in 1981. Flow of theme to involve fresh part and tension. Sax with gloss to get on the flow and piano melody. And, the rhythm freely created flows. It is a tune that gives the peaceful image. It flows around the part of the repeated theme.

"Waterfall" ..original tune that is.. has finished. Development of peculiar rhythm. Line of Bass to contribute to tune. Flow that a few sequences with electric piano are recollected. The band attempts uniting while searching for each other. Each sound shines exactly and it comes in succession. The collective impression might be original Jazz Rock that is.

The melody of "Tears" with which a transparent feeling overflows is impressive. Ensemble that the band does is perfect. Swinging piano melody. The melody that Sax is good for a steady rhythm gets on. Part of progress of Chord and change in rhythm. Scat by Al Mouzon. And, a melody advanced with change tempo one after another is complete. It is a very mysterious tune. The sensibility of Wayne Shorter is splendidly reflected in the tune.

"Eurydice" shifts from the part of Improvisation to the part of complete Jazz Beat. The band advances in union. However, an original tension and the anacatesthesia advance also. The tune progresses an original performance with stability. Solo of Sax and the electric piano twines cymbals legato stabilize well.

Distinguished services of Weather Report that has large influence in field of Jazz/Fusion. It is an element of the line of Improvisation in this debut album. Skillful powerful composition power. All nuclei of Weather Report are blocked. And, their names are known to the world at once.

Kazuhiro | 4/5 |


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