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Album Review

Weather Report's ever-changing lineup shifts again, with the somewhat heavier funk-oriented Leon "Ndugu" Chancler dropping into the drummer's chair and Alyrio Lima taking over the percussion table. As a result, Tale Spinnin' has a weightier feel than Mysterious Traveller, while continuing the latter's explorations in Latin-spiced electric jazz/funk. Zawinul's pioneering interest in what we now call world music is more in evidence with the African percussion, wordless vocals, and sandy sound effects of "Badia," and his synthesizer sophistication is growing along with the available technology. Wayne Shorter's work on soprano sax is more animated than on the previous two albums and Alphonso Johnson puts his melodic bass more to the fore. While not quite as inventive as its two predecessors, this remains an absorbing extension of WR's mid-'70s direction. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews

bad info

this album does not include erskine or pastorius. It is not a bad album, very rhythmic. The cut "man in the green shirt" is worth the purchase price alone

Tals Spinnin

The description of this record is not correct you can see Ndugu on the far left and the great Alfonso Johnson next to him delivering the funkiest line up, and melodic at the same time. Great music. I loved Joco too but I really missed Alfonso when he left. Dom um Romano adds some great Brazilian rhythms. A must buy for Weather Report fans. We will miss you Joe Zawinul RIP

album date

This album was released in 1975 - I-tunes, please fix....


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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