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Weather Report


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.77 | 159 ratings

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4 stars

You will find Joe Zawinul on Bitches Brew release from Miles Davis. It is recommended to listen first. "In a Silent Way" and "Bitches Brew" from Miles Davis before listen to any other fusion albums from the '70 in order to understand where everything started.

Don Um Romao on percussion was recruited for this album after Airto Moreira declined the invitation in order to join Miles Davis band. Eric Gravatt was joined Weather Report starting with this release.

The albums starts with Unknown Soldier which is a very relaxing song very well done. All the instruments are combined perfectly. After this we have a jazzy guitar intro starting with the second song (interesting to find out how was this part recorded when Ralph Towner was a little intimidating). The other instruments are entering after a really smoothly and inspired (possibly my favorite song from this release). Then we have Crystal when we feel a concrete example of what fusion means. The combination of the trumpet and the other instruments is well done.

The next song, Second Sunday in August, reminds me of my favorite month which is August(in fact end of August and begining of September) and the sound is really like waiting for the Autumn season on a calm Sunday of August. Zawinul said that this song was written for celebrating harvest festival in his home village. In my home village we also have such a festival beginning of July and we meet old friends and relatives (maybe the best moment in live).

Then we have 3 song recorded live in Japan. The first one and the one which is the longest from this album is a good song but maybe not as good as the other ones (the original version had 26 minutes).

Surucucú is a very good song in the same manner as the last song which was composed back in '67 when the other song like In A Silent Way and Orange Lady were composed for Miles Davis.

As a conclusion a good album which disserves your attention if you enjoy fusion.

petrica | 4/5 |


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