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All Music Guide - Bill Meredith
Weather Report is generally regarded as the greatest jazz fusion band of all time, with the biggest jazz hit ("Birdland") from the best jazz fusion album (1977's Heavy Weather). But the group's studio mastery sometimes overshadows the fact that it was also a live juggernaut -- so don't overlook the outstanding live and studio album from 1979, 8:30. This was a rare quartet version of Weather Report, with co-leaders in keyboardist Joe Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter. The bassist was the inimitable Jaco Pastorius, the drummer a young Peter Erskine. Pastorius is otherworldly on early gems like "Black Market," the breakneck "Teen Town," and his solo showcase, "Slang" (in...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bill Meredith
Weather Report is generally regarded as the greatest jazz fusion band of all time, with the biggest jazz hit ("Birdland") from the best jazz fusion album (1977's Heavy Weather). But the group's studio mastery sometimes overshadows the fact that it was also a live juggernaut -- so don't overlook the outstanding live and studio album from 1979, 8:30. This was a rare quartet version of Weather Report, with co-leaders in keyboardist Joe Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter. The bassist was the inimitable Jaco Pastorius, the drummer a young Peter Erskine. Pastorius is otherworldly on early gems like "Black Market," the breakneck "Teen Town," and his solo showcase, "Slang" (in which he quotes Jimi Hendrix's "Third Stone from the Sun"). Shorter is most involved on the CD's slower pieces like "A Remark You Made," "In a Silent Way," and his own solo piece, "Thanks for the Memory"; Zawinul and Erskine shine on the swinging version of "Birdland" and roller coaster ride of the "Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz" medley. Four studio tracks (composing what was side four of the original album version) close 8:30 with a flourish -- and some surprises. Pastorius duets on drums with Zawinul on the brief title track, then plays double drums with Erskine (as Erich Zawinul plays percussion) on the playful "Brown Street." Zawinul then throws a curve with "The Orphan," dueting with Shorter as ten members of the West Los Angeles Christian Academy Children's Choir chant harmonies. The saxophonist gets in the last word, though, with his burning composition "Sightseeing" -- on which he plays unison lines with Zawinul over Pastorius' rare walking bassline and Erskine's most aggressive drumming. A future jazz standard ending one of this band's standard-setting CDs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972326726
  • Catalog Number: 723267
  • Sales rank: 23,899

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Black Market (9:47)
  2. 2 Teen Town (6:03)
  3. 3 A Remark You Made (8:01)
  4. 4 Slang (4:45)
  5. 5 In a Silent Way (2:47)
  6. 6 Birdland (7:13)
  7. 7 Thanks for the Memory (3:33)
  8. 8 Medley: Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz (9:32)
  9. 9 8:30 (2:36)
  10. 10 Brown Street (8:34)
  11. 11 The Orphan (3:17)
  12. 12 Sightseeing (5:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Weather Report Primary Artist
Peter Erskine Percussion, Drums
Jaco Pastorius Bass, Electric Bass, Drums
Wayne Shorter Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Zawinul Bass, Keyboards, Vocals, Vocoder
Erich Zawinul Percussion
Technical Credits
Peter Erskine Executive Producer
Jaco Pastorius Composer
Wayne Shorter Composer
Joe Zawinul Composer, Producer
Paul Black Engineer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Russell Schmitt Engineer
Ray Thompson Live Recording
Steve Hirsch Engineer
Scott H. Thompson Liner Notes
Friedrich Hollaender Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely AMAZING!

    This is my first Weather Report CD. I picked it up from my library because I am a big Wayne Shorter fan. This CD blew me away! I felt like I was at the concert (this is a live recording) because everything sounded fabulous! Shorter and Zawinul were feeding off of each other all day, and Pastorius was keeping cool grooves non-stop. The special effects were nice as well: there is a well-timed thunderclap on Black Market (the best track) that is just at the right place. This is definitely my iPod's most frequently played album now. Upon further research, all of the songs present were already popularized by Weather Report, so this would make a great introduction to this fabulous band.

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