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"Birdland," the joyous opening track of Heavy Weather, may be the most famous tune in all of fusion. With its infectious cascading melodies buffed up by state-of-the-art pop music production, the Charlie Parker tribute "Birdland" sets the tone for the rest of the recording. Less experimental and more listener friendly than earlier Weather Report recordings, Heavy Weathermade the band fusion superstars. It also signaled the new status of the band's most recent arrival, Jaco Pastorious, whose highly melodic and technically precise bass work quickly became Weather Report trademarks. Pastorious's fretless bass, in effect, stood alongside Joe Zawinul's keyboards and Wayne Shorter's saxophones as an equal instrumental voice. The bassist, with his considerable journeyman experience, also brought a gripping funk and rock groove to the band. "Birdland" may be the album's signature performance, but "Teen Town," "The Juggler," and the reflective ballad "A Remark You Made" are knockout tracks as well.
Performance CreditsWeather Report Primary Artist
Jaco Pastorius Bass,Mandolin,Drums,Vocals,Steel Drums,Mandocello
Wayne Shorter Soprano,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Alex Acuña Percussion,Conga,Drums,Tom-Tom,Hand Clapping
Joe Zawinul Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Mellophonium,Tabla,Vocals,Melodica,Performing Ensemble,fender rhodes,oberheim,Arp 2600
Manolo Badrena Percussion,Conga,Tambourine,Timbales,Vocals
Tom Oberheim Synthesizer
Technical CreditsBob Belden Producer,Reissue Producer
Jaco Pastorius Composer,Producer
Steven Berkowitz Director,Reissue,Reissue Series
Joe Zawinul Composer,Producer,Orchestration
Kevin Gore Director,Reissue,Reissue Series
Jerry Hudgins Engineer
Ron Malo Engineer
John Ephland Liner Notes
Seth Rothstein Director
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Brian Risner Engineer
Randall Martin Reissue Design
Lou Beach Illustrations
Nicholas Bennett Packaging Manager
Alejandro Neciosup Acuña Composer
Heavy Weather based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Heavy Weather is indeed a milestone in the history of electro-jazz. I wanted this album because a friend of ours had it. But I never had a listen to the whole album, just ''Birdland.'' Then, when I finally got it for Christmas in 2000, I fell in love with the whole album. The moods of the songs always ranged from slow and steady to very upbeat. I've played the album many times and I think I'd feel lonely if I didn't have it with me on vacation. This is an album Weather Report could never surpass even if they stayed together.
I am not going to speak to the quality of this CD. It's amazing and you need hear it for yourself. I was a little nervous about the "digitally remastered" part at first, but then I remembered a Ray Charles CD I had gotten for cheap. The sound quality... was lacking. It wasn't worth the few dollars I paid. I'd rather have something digitally remastered than have it just suck, you know? I'm a freshman in highschool and this type of thing is really motivational to me as someone who is trying to play an instrument. My complaint, however, is with Barnes and Noble. When I got this CD I somehow recieved "Super Audio format," which is not something this page says. Sony goes on about how new and amazing it is, but it seems like it's just a DVD with a format that normal players can't read. It's basicly like surround sound with an audio CD. If you ask me using a headset is like surrond sound with an audio CD and you can get an amazing headset for forty dollars. If you have any apreciation of Jazz or music in general I suggest buying this. I don't suggest buying it from Barnes and Nobles. I was able to return my CD at a local store, but they didn't reimburse me for shipping costs, so I ended up having to pay a few more dollars. So buy this CD, but from somewhere else. This page seems to ignore my attempts to form new paragraphs, so forgive me if this is confusing to read.