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Sunday, 12 September 2010

Weather Report - Heavy Weather

CBS 81775 (UK), released in 1977

This album marked Weather Report's achievement of world-wide recognition, mainly on the basis of the hit "Birdland", written by keyboardist Joe Zawinul. The recent addition to the band of fretless bass phenomenon Jaco Pastorius also signalled a quantum leap in the group's fortunes, and he's listed as co-producer here. Not forgetting saxophonist Wayne Shorter, whose contributions are mostly on soprano and tenor saxophones. The rhythm team of Alex Acuna and Manolo Badrena mark a change from the previous album, "Black Market" (1976) when Acuna was teamed with Chester Thompson, who left to join Phil Collins in the rock group Genesis! Along with "Birdland", Zawinul is responsible for "A Remark You Made" and "The Juggler", Pastorius wrote "Teen Town" and "Havona", Shorter contributed "Harlequin", and Badrena wrote "Rumba Mama".

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