Celebrating the Music of Weather Report

Celebrating the Music of Weather Report

by Jason Miles

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Celebrating the Music of Weather Report

Telarc and producer Jason Miles brought in a boat-load of contemporary jazz heavyweights to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Weather Report's formation with this recording, and quite a celebration it is. Miles and his all-star cast have managed to remain true to the original music, while updating and opening up the arrangements. Tenor saxman extraordinaire Michael Brecker smokes up "Elegant People," while alto superstar David Sanborn teams up with the final Weather Report rhythm section of Victor Bailey and Omar Hakim to take a scrumptious, synth-soaked stroll through "Cannonball." Lesser known saxophonist Aaron Heick comports himself well as he fills Shorter's shoes on "Mysterious Traveller," and Spyro Gyra's Jay Beckentein turns in a lovely soprano sax lead over Joe Sample's distinctive piano on the ballad "Harlequin." "The Man in the Green Shirt" journeys to the islands courtesy of steel pan man Andy Narell. Randy Brecker's trumpet gives a new dimension to "Palladium," while Marcus Miller and John Scofield take a loping, funky trip through "Cucumber Slumber." In fact, the only complaint about this recording is that the modern synthesizers, employed a little heavy-handedly at times by Miles, have a much cheesier sound than did Joe Zawinul's bank of organic keyboards and early synths in the band's heyday. Nonetheless, this celebration offers a bevy of delights to remind old-time Weather Report fans of the band's greatness; it may even help introduce a new generation of listeners to this superb music, hopefully enticing them to check out the originals.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/23/2001
Label: Telarc
UPC: 0089408347306
catalogNumber: 63473

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jason Miles   Primary Artist,Keyboards
Take 6   Sampling
Victor Bailey   Bass
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
Omar Hakim   Drums
Andy Narell   Pan Flute/Pan Pipes,Steel Pan,Pans
John Patitucci   Bass
Joe Sample   Piano
David Sanborn   Alto Saxophone
John Scofield   Guitar
Tom Schuman   Synthesizer,Solo Instrumental
Porter Carroll   Vocals
Dennis Chambers   Drums
Cyro Baptista   Percussion,Shaker
Jay Beckenstein   Soprano Saxophone
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Dean Brown   Guitar
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Mary Fahl   Vocals
Steve Gadd   Drums
Aaron Heick   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Will Lee   Bass
Chuck Loeb   Guitar
Marcus Miller   Bass
Mike Pope   Bass
Marc Quiñones   Bongos,Conga
Markes Domingo Quiñones   Bongos,Conga
Roger Blanc   Chart

Technical Credits

Billy C. Farlow   Composer
Steve Gaboury   Engineer
Jason Miles   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,drum programming,Percussion Programming
Joel Moss   Engineer
Doug Oberkircher   Engineer
Roger Talkov   Authoring
Robert Woods   Executive Producer
Michael Duff McClung   Authoring
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction,Cover Design
David "E-Man" Ward   Engineer
David I. II Ward   Engineer
Noah Simon   Engineer
Nicholas Gaetan   Illustrations,Cover Illustration
Chuck Mitchell   Liner Notes
Dean Sharenow   Engineer
Craig Snoke   Construction
Ed Meitner   Engineer
A. Johnson   Composer

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