CK 64627 This Is Jazz/10 Weather Report
Compiled by Steve Berkowitz, Kevin Gore and Mike Berniker
Released on April 30, 1996
(no chart information)
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CK 64627 cover  

The Columbia/Legacy label set out to deliver a comprehensive review of jazz artists with their This Is Jazz series, allocating the tenth volume to Weather Report. Bookended by a trio of tracks from the band’s commercial breakthrough, Heavy Weather, this volume represents the recordings made in the Seventies. At nine tracks, it’s no more than a sampler, but it does attempt to draw out different facets of this ambitious, innovative outfit. Thus you hear a subdued ballad like “A Remark You Made” alongside the cool tones of a funk/jazz hybrid like “Black Market,” the soft “Orange Lady” leaning against the tempestuous “Teen Town.” At their most accessible, Weather Report made music that crossed over into melodic terrain, typified by the celebratory “Birdland.” But the band could be equally arty, as “The Moors” (which recalls early Roxy Music) and “Man In The Green Shirt” (a fair match for Frank Zappa’s jazz albums) attest to. The sound quality of the Columbia disc is excellent, although likely no better than the Columbia/Legacy reissues from the early ‘90s. The selection is fine, given the many choices they faced. Snubbing Sweetnighter was perhaps a necessary evil, though that album could have offered more than Mr. Gone’s “Young And Fine.” The liner notes from Tom Piazza are good and the documentation for the individual tracks thorough. At under one hour, Columbia could have opted to add more material, but what would it have accomplished? Given the renewed interest in jazz brought about by Ken Burns’ television series, this is a fine way to get your feet wet in Weather Report’s music.

TRACK LISTING

  1. BIRDLAND    (Joe Zawinul)    5:58
  2. A REMARK YOU MADE    (Joe Zawinul)    6:50
  3. BLACK MARKET    (Joe Zawinul)    6:30
  4. MAN IN THE GREEN SHIRT    (Joe Zawinul)    6:28
  5. YOUNG AND FINE    (Joe Zawinul)    6:54
  6. THE MOORS    (Wayne Shorter)    4:42
  7. MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLER    (Wayne Shorter)    7:21
  8. ORANGE LADY    (Joe Zawinul)    8:41
  9. TEEN TOWN    (Jaco Pastorius)    2:52

CREDITS

WAYNE SHORTER -- soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, lyricon
JOE ZAWINUL -- piano, electric piano, synthesizer, melodica, vocal
Alex Acuna -- drums
Don Alias -- percussion (3)
Manolo Badrena -- tambourine, congas
Steve Gadd -- drums (5)
Eric Gravatt -- drums (6)
Skip Hadden -- drums (7)
Alphonso Johnson -- electric bass
Alyrio Lima -- percussion (4)
Airto Moreira -- percussion (8)
Alphonse Mouzon -- drums (8)
Ndugu (Leon Chancler) -- drums (4)
Jaco Pastorius -- bass, vocal, drums
Ralph Towner -- 12 string guitar (6)
Dom Um Ramao -- percussion
Miroslav Vitous -- bass, electric bass
Narada Michael Walden -- drums (3)
Ishmael Wilburn -- drums (7)

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US April 30, 1996 Columbia/Legacy CD CK 64627  

 

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