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This Is Jazz, Vol. 40: Weather Report - The Jaco Years

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Album Review

The second volume in Columbia's This Is Jazz series to focus on Weather Report narrows the scope to the five-year period Jaco Pastorius spent on bass. His virtuoso playing and gigantic personality gave him a reputation rarely equaled in jazz, and this collection features all of his best moments with the band. It includes each of the six compositions Pastorius contributed to the band, plus his incredible solo workout "Slang" and high-profile roles on three other tracks written by Joe Zawinul or Wayne Shorter. It's a good complement to his solo albums, though it's difficult to envision too many Jaco Pastorius fans who don't have this material yet.

Biography

Formed: 1970

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Weather Report started out as a jazz equivalent of what the rock world in 1970 was calling a "supergroup." But unlike most of the rock supergroups, this one not only kept going for a good 15 years, it more than lived up to its billing, practically defining the state of the jazz-rock art throughout almost all of its run. Weather Report also anticipated and contributed to the North American interest in world music rhythms and structures, prodded by keyboardist/co-founder Joe Zawinul. And WR, like many...
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Fusion
  • Released: 01 February 1998

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