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Heavy Weather

Weather Report

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Weather Report reached their critical and commercial peak with 1977’s Heavy Weather, which hit No. 30 on Billboard's pop chart and was designated “jazz album of the year” by almost every publication, including the esteemed Down Beat. “Birdland” was a huge crossover hit, and the song remains one of Weather Report’s best: though propulsive and complex, it's also as catchy as a theme to a TV show. By this point, Jaco Pastorius’ restless bass playing had become an integral part of the group’s sound, and with this album he proved he could be lyrical (“A Remark You Made”) as easily as he could be explosive (“Havona”). One of the album’s touchstones is Jaco’s original “Teen Town,” which is driven by a thunderous bassline, as heavy and doom-laden as anything on a Black Sabbath album. Of course, this being Weather Report, the ricocheting percussion and frisky rhythms keep each song from getting too weighed down. Even as their melodies became more memorable, the group’s highest principle was movement. Whether the setting was soft or loud, fast or slow, they were always pushing forward.

Customer Reviews

Jazz band

We played birdland in highschool jazz band....... And I decided to buy the actual version so I could play our arrangement better. And not am I glad o found this band. I listened to birdland for a day then came back and bought the rest the next. Great jazzy stuff. I highly Reccomend it.

Heavy Weather.

My personial opinion, Weather Reports BEST album!

Love the album

I heard about wearer report from my bass teacher and I really like it. My favorite song is teen town

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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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Fusion
  • Released: 1977

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