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I Sing the Body Electric

Weather Report

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Starting with the spooky, tense, and eventually tumultuous “Unknown Solder,” I Sing the Body Electric immediately reaffirms the paradigm that would guide Weather Report for the rest of the '70s: instrumental music that's ambitious without sacrificing its power to hypnotize. The group's sophomore effort showed the balance of power shifting toward Wayne Shorter and, even more prominently, Joe Zawinul. Rather being built out of improvisation, key works here like “Unknown Soldier,” “The Moors,” and “Second Sunday in August” were molded by Shorter and Zawinul’s personal visions. Guitar virtuoso Ralph Trower was brought in to add an introduction to “The Moors,” while Zawinul conducted a host of guest singers and musicians to augment “Unknown Soldier.” I Sing the Body Electric is also the place where Zawinul’s innovative synthesizer work became the group’s signature element. For all the personalized experimentation, the last three songs—all recorded live in Tokyo in January 1972—show the group operating as a single forceful unit. The resulting music is every bit as muscular and otherworldly as Miles Davis’s live recordings from the same era.

Customer Reviews

Superb music

This is, quite simply, my favorite CD off all times. Ethereal, melodic, complex, rhythmic, spontaneous... a combination of live and studio recordings that displayed a ground-breaking band at the height of their powers. For those more familiar with their later jazz/funk sound (e.g. 125th St. Shuffle), this is a much more complex, richer tapestry of sounds. Clearly an extension of their work with Miles, there is a cohesion in this work that transcends even Miles' best efforts. Closest in feel to their first CD, this is the band's hallmark achievement.

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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