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Editors’ Notes

By the time Black Market was released in 1975, it was clear that Weather Report were an ever-evolving collective of musicians, with Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter the only two constants. Yet songs like “Black Market” and “Elegant People” were the clearest definitions of the group’s musical ethos, confirming the idea that the name Weather Report referred not to a specific team of musicians as much as a musical concept. That concept is embodied by the title song, which Zawinul has called the best song Weather Report ever made. Led by the quicksilver notes of Zawinul’s ARP synthesizer, the song is exacting but perfectly fluid, the rhythms propulsive but unexpectedly soothing. Most importantly, even though the song starts with a futuristic tone, it eventually builds to an African fanfare, setting the stage for the international motifs that run throughout the rest of the album. Black Market is also notable for the debut of Jaco Pastorius, whose spry and casually virtuosic playing alights “Cannon Ball” (Zawinul’s tribute to his mentor, Cannonball Adderley) and “Barbary Coast,” a leisurely but intricate funk workout that the 24-year-old Jaco penned himself.

Customer Reviews

Rest in peace, Joe Zawinul.

The music in heaven just got a bit sweeter. What an imprint Joe Zawinul left in his life. I remember the first time I "got" what was going on with the Weather Report album, Black Market. At first I didn't understand it, almost dismissed it and then there was this one time a short while later when I'm giving it another chance and BAM - I got it. It was an OMG moment. Like an epiphany. I heard the brilliance. And then I started "getting" alot of other stuff. So influencial a keyboard player. Such monster chops. So different than others. Going to miss him on the planet. This is as important an album as any and should be required listening to all those who love the fussion of jazz and world music.

STILL SOUNDS GOOD....

What can be said? Weather Report broke ground in comtemporary Jazz. Zawinul and Co. took music concepts from all over the world, Fused them with some Jazz and Groove and out came something different..that was always..on time!! This is but one of the Weather Report classics that will live and play on in time. What an album. What a CD!!

JACO GOES WHACKO

Heavy weather may have been Weather Report's most commercially successful album, but this one Black Market beats that one all to hell.

Jaco Pastorius must have been one funky dude because his bass playing on this recording is over the top! You cannot help but move to the groove laid down by the funkiest jazz fusion band around.

RIP Weather Report....you put a smile on my dial!!

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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