Best of Weather Report

The Best of Weather Report

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A “best of” recording can only touch on the riches of Weather Report’s momentous career, but there’s plenty of memorable music to be found here nonetheless. For much of their 15-year tenure the brainchild of keyboardist Joe Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter went through myriad changes in personnel; this collection concentrates on the fully electric editions of the…  See more details below

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A “best of” recording can only touch on the riches of Weather Report’s momentous career, but there’s plenty of memorable music to be found here nonetheless. For much of their 15-year tenure the brainchild of keyboardist Joe Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter went through myriad changes in personnel; this collection concentrates on the fully electric editions of the ensemble. (There are no selections from either the eponymously titled first album or the second, I Sing the Body Electric). With the addition of the innovative electric bassist Jaco Pastorious, Weather Report became one of the most popular fusion acts of the time; such tracks as “Birdland,” “A Remark You Made,” and “Night Passage” reflect their unbeatable combination of virtuosity and compositional flair. Earlier versions of Weather Report also receive attention: “Boogie Woogie Waltz,” “Mysterious Traveler,” “Blackthorne Rose," and “Black Market” rank high among their finest moments. Although Weather Report continued after Jaco Pastorious left, there are no selections from the band’s three post-Jaco albums.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David R. Adler
This Bob Belden-produced compilation includes nothing earlier than Sweetnighter and nothing later than Night Passage. A previous Weather Report compilation, This Is Jazz, Vol. 10, reaches back farther, giving listeners "The Moors" and "Orange Lady." While this one is a bit narrower historically, it still serves as a good introduction to an incredible band. (That said, a volume of post-1980 material may not be a bad idea.) Alongside obligatory classics like "Birdland," "Black Market," and "A Remark You Made" are more obscure goodies like "The Elders" from the unfairly maligned Mr. Gone album and "Blackthorn Rose," the marvelous piano/soprano sax duet from Mysterious Traveller. Another thing that recommends this and Columbia's Weather Report reissues in general: meticulous, track-by-track personnel listings, which weren't always made available on the original releases.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2010
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5099750765920
catalogNumber:
921304
Rank:
111136

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Weather Report   Primary Artist
Peter Erskine   Drums
Jaco Pastorius   Electric Bass,Vocals,Mandocello
Wayne Shorter   Piano,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Lyricon,Shells
Miroslav Vitous   Electric Bass
Andrew White   Electric Bass
Chester Thompson   Drums
Don Alias   Percussion
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums,Timpani
Muruga   Clay Drums
Alex Acuña   Percussion,Conga,Drums
Joe Zawinul   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Melodica,fender rhodes,oberheim,Piano (Grand),Arp 2600,Mu-Tron,Prophet 5
Manolo Badrena   Percussion,Conga,Tambourine
Herschell Dwellingham   Drums
Skip Hadden   Drums
Alphonso Johnson   Electric Bass
Alyrio Lima   Percussion
Narada Michael Walden   Drums
Dom Um Romão   Percussion,Bells,Tambor,Chucalho
Ishmael Wilburn   Drums
Bobby Thomas   Percussion
Eric Kamau Grávátt   Drums

Technical Credits

Jaco Pastorius   Producer
Wayne Shorter   Producer
Joe Zawinul   Programming,Producer,Orchestration
Bruce Botnick   Engineer
Alan Howarth   Programming
Alex Kazanegras   Engineer
Ron Malo   Engineer
Hal Miller   Liner Notes
Don Hunstein   Cover Photo
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Linda Chang   Packaging Manager
Fabiola Cáceres   Art Direction

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