“Heavy Weather” by Weather Report - album review

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TJR says

Seventh album from the New-York-based jazz-fusion outfit co-led by the Austrian-born keyboard player Joe Zawinul and the saxophonist Wayne Shorter of Art Blakey and Miles Davis fame. Completing the five-piece line-up were: Jaco Pastorius (fretless bass), Alex Acuña (drums, percussion) and Manolo Badrena (percussion). It was their greatest commercial success, giving them a #30 placing in the Billboard 200 and going on to sell 500,000 copies. For the fifth consecutive year, they were afforded the Down Beat Album of the Year status, securing their place as the leading force in their field as viewed by the serious critics. There's nothing here for me personally, the famous single “Birdland” and the tribal latin percussion piece “Rumba Mamá” (recorded at the Montreux jazz festival in the summer of '76) being the two which cause least offence to my central nervous system.

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A1 [05:57] 4.0.png Weather Report - Birdland (Joe Zawinul) Jazz
A2 [06:51] 1.3.png Weather Report - A Remark You Made (Joe Zawinul) Jazz
A3 [02:51] 2.1.png Weather Report - Teen Town (Jaco Pastorius) Jazz
A4 [03:59] 0.8.png Weather Report - Harlequin (Wayne Shorter) Jazz
B1 [02:11] 4.4.png Weather Report - Rumba Mamá [live] (Manolo Badrena, Alex Acuña) Latin
B2 [04:46] 2.4.png Weather Report - Palladíum (Wayne Shorter) Jazz
B3 [05:03] 3.5.png Weather Report - The Juggler (Joe Zawinul) Prog
B4 [06:01] 1.8.png Weather Report - Havona (Jaco Pastorius) Jazz

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