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Weather Report

Updated on December 25, 2014

Weather Report blends the electric piano with synthesizers, classic saxophone sequences as well as African and Middle Eastern rhythms.

The Weather Report core was heavily influenced by Miles Davis electric period. WR, through all its changes in virtuoso supporting musicians, was Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter, a powerful and talented pair who defined jazz fusion.

In a Silent Way - Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and Josef Zawinul

This Is How It All Started. Miles Davis' "In a Silent Way" and "Bitches Brew" launched jazz fusion. Zawinul and Shorter were there as well, and followed up with Weather Report.

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Weather Report Concert Videos

Remembering Weather Report - Miroslav Vitous

Remembering Weather Report
Remembering Weather Report

Don't miss this album. Four brilliant musicians, but especially Vitous' open compositions and free musical vision are fantastic, and you will hear possibly the best arco bass ever played.

 

Black Market - The Turning Point

The band's history can be divided in two periods. Before and after the album Black Market. The first period is characterized by an exploratory and improvisational playing, and in the second period the band becomes more popular, more accessible. Coincidentally, it's also the time when Jaco Pastorious joined Weather Report.

When Was Their Music at Its Best?

Before Black Market

Before Black Market

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  • Lila-Scholer 8 years ago

    Mysterious Traveller is my favorite by far. Gotta go with before.

  • John Parr 9 years ago from Montreal

    Definitely their most creative period. Timeless masterpiece albums like I Sing The Body Electric and Mysterious Traveler.

After Black Market

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  • coreyweb 9 years ago

    I love it all, but as one of Jaco's biggest fans, I have to say "after". Mysterious Traveler is one of my favorites though.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      It's funny ,I tend to like the less commercial music of weather report, I like the albums ,Live in Tokyo and The self titled debut, As well as I Sing the Body Electric. Though i like it all rather well, 8:30 And Procession are my favorite latter recordings, My favorite track is Cucumber slumber on Sweetnighter, I love the Uncharacteristic funky bassline by Miroslav Vitous on that one. Sort of foreshadows Jaco's arrival a few years later. but to me , the early stuff still has a whiff of smoke from the Miles Davis classic Bitches Brew Very nice lens.

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      KittyReporter 8 years ago

      Weather Report is a fantastic band!

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      ak007 lm 8 years ago

      Funny I was looking for real weather lenses and found this one, which brings back great memories. I still love their music, Zawinul had such a powerful musical personality, nobody can touch him.

      You made my day, thanks!

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      Lila-Scholer 8 years ago

      Cucumber Slumber one of my favorite WP cuts. Nice to know a young guy like you appreciates the oldies but goodies. Great history info I never knew. Just liked the music. L

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      coreyweb 9 years ago

      You're right. I do love this! Sad that two of my favorite members aren't with us anymore though. Thanks for the feature!