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With the exception of a brief quartet period between and wherein other members could double on various percussion instrumentsWeather Report’s instrumentation always included both a drummer alongside a percussionist.

Tale Spinnin ‘ won the Down Beat best album award for the third Weather Report album to do so and Native Dancer was the runner-up.

As alcohol and drug problems dominated his life, he had trouble finding work, finding people who would tolerate his shenanigans, and he wound up homeless.

EpicWarner Bros. The album also featured Zawinul’s first use of a synthesizer an instrument with which he would become synonymous within jazz and of sound effects. He typically used the delay in a chorus -like mode, providing a shimmering stereo doubling effect.

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Retrieved 19 July Zawinul commented that this sleeker, less crowded sound provided more listening range and made the music less chaotic now that the band were focusing more on melody and harmony. He played drums until he injured his wrist playing football when he was thirteen. In the event, Shorter resolved his major differences with his bandmates – but the near-split appeared to inform Weather Report’s next development, which was a step back towards a purer jazz approach.

The band made a very well-received appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festivalwhich was filmed for future release. Zawinul judged Eric Gravatt’s approach to be unsuitable for some of the new pieces he had written.

The larger scale and multimedia staging of the band’s tours complete with stagehands, laser and film projections began to take on the kind of rock-star proportions mostly unknown in jazz circles. The double live album 8: Rather than form another collective band, Wayne Shorter concentrated on his solo career and on work as a bandleader, which continues to the present day.


There’s some dispute over how Weather Report initially formed. Despite Weather Report’s inactivity during which Hakim joined Sting ‘s band and Bailey worked with Steps AheadZawinul and Shorter still claimed that the band was still a going concern. By latePastorius was putting together the Word of Mouth Big Band which included Erskine for concert dates in Japan, on the assumption that would be a Weather Report rest year. In the early s, Pastorius taught bass at the University of Miamiwhere he befriended jazz guitarist Pat Methenywho was also on the faculty.

He played fast and loud, sang, and did flips. Pastorius had other ideas for the bass player. However, by this point in time the band’s profile was beginning to suffer due to the revival of more traditionally styled jazz, which made it harder to market jazz fusion.

Retrieved July 19, Pastorius received two Grammy Award nominations in for his self-titled debut album: He could listen to it, talk about it, and he admired it, but that’s not what came out of him, so that was something that held back where Joe wanted to go at the time I was with them. Zawinul further consolidated his use of keyboard synthesizers, while Shorter experimented with an early form of wind synthesizer, the Lyricon.

The delay in releasing the Weather Report album had the side effect of breaking up the current line-up of the band. The Tombstone Tourist 2nd ed. Archived from the original on July 23, Luc Havan faced a charge of second-degree murder. For other uses, see Weather report disambiguation.

His signature sound is prominent on Flora Purim ‘s Everyday Everynight pastoruis, on which he played the bass melody for a Michel Colombier pastoriuz entitled “The Hope”, and performed bass and vocals on one of his own compositions, entitled “Las Olas”. Johnson recommended his friend Chester Thompson a former Frank Zappa sidemanwho joined as drummer in time for the next tour. Working with companies such as ARP and OberheimZawinul developed new ways of voicing and patching electronic tones for textures, ensemble roles including emulations of traditional band instruments and soloing.


Cinelu and Bailey were both flown in for a few days to record, and contributed one composition each, with the remainder being written by Zawinul.

Wayne Shorter – soprano and tenor saxophones Joe Zawinul – electric and acoustic pianos, synthesizer, organ, percussion, guitar Alphonso Johnson – electric bass, chapman stick Chuck Bazemore – drums Alyrio Lima – percussion. Inthe Zawinul estate, in conjunction with an independent label, released a 40th-anniversary commemorative trilogy of previously unavailable Weather Report live shows: While their work was often categorized as “jazz fusion”, the band members themselves generally rejected the term.

Cherry Lane Music Company. Down Beat magazine described the album as “music beyond category”. Having failed to secure Marcus Miller as bass guitarist, [ citation needed ] he selected Victor Bailey a recent graduate from the Berklee College of Musicwith whom Hakim had played while backing Miriam Makeba.

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Archived from the original on January 16, The Legendary Live Tapes: While in Japan, to the alarm of his band members, he shaved his head, painted his face black, and threw his bass guitar into Hiroshima Bay. According to Zawinul, Wilburn apparently “lost heart” jcao tour despite performing well in the studio. On some Weather Report tunes, however, Zawinul’s synthesized arrangements dominated the sound. Although Walden played on several album tracks, he ultimately proved unsuitable.

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A brain hemorrhage a few days later led to brain death. It built on the avant-garde experiments which Zawinul and Shorter had pioneered with Miles Davis on Bitches Brewincluding an avoidance of head-and-chorus composition in favor of continuous rhythm and movement.

Weather Report’s music had evolved further from open-ended funk jams into more melody-oriented, concise forms, which also offered a greater mass-market appeal. However, previously canceled tour dates had left the band open to potentially crippling lawsuits and an obligation to play replacement concerts.