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Sunday, 12 September 2010

Weather Report - Black Market

CBS S 81325 (UK), released in 1976

A wonderful exposition of Weather Report's pioneering world music mixed with cutting edge synthesizer work, once again proving that really up-to-date grooves don't necessarily have to have a guitar in the mix! Contributing musicians include Alphonso Johnson, bassist on five tracks, composer on one ("Herandnu"), Wayne Shorter, soprano & tenor saxophones, Lyricon and composer of two tracks ("Elegant People", "Three Clowns"), Joe Zawinul, all manner of pianos and keyboards, including ARP 2600, Rhodes electric piano, Oberheim Polyphonic synth, and composer of three tracks ("Black Market", "Cannonball", a tribute to his old boss, Cannonball Adderley, and "Gibraltar") Newcomer Jaco Pastorius writes and plays bass on "Barbary Coast" only. A superb introduction to the wonder that is Weather Report.

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