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Weather Report


Jazz Rock/Fusion

2.74 | 119 ratings

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2 stars I originally thought the title of this album, "Mr. Gone", referred to the drummer in this band. Apparently, at this time Weather Report was using a committee of drummers. On this album, drums are credited to Peter Erskine, Steve Gadd, Tony Williams, and even Jaco Pastorius.

But on recent listens, I believe the title refers to the band's producer. Yeah< I know Josef Zawinul and Jaco are credited with producing this album, but it appears no one was really thinking about the final product. Too many songs fade in, giving the album an unfinished and unpolished feel. And the mix is terrible. At many times Wayne Shorter's sax solos are buried in the mess of sound.

Good points. Well, there's Jaco's solo, Punk Jazz, which is a great solo, but has absolutely nothing to do with punk. And then there's Wayne Shorter's Pinocchio, where it feels like we missed something at the beginning, as this is one of the songs with an awful fade in. At least it's aggressive and spirited, words I usually can't use to describe Weather Report's music.

Evolver | 2/5 |


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