Weather Report

Formed 1970. Disbanded 1986.
Weather Report

Biography

Weather Report was an American jazz fusion band of the 1970s and early 1980s. The band was co-led by the Austrian-born keyboard player Joe Zawinul and the American saxophonist Wayne Shorter (and, initially, by Czech bass player Miroslav Vitouš). Other prominent members at various points in the band's lifespan included Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine, Alex Acuña, Alphonso Johnson, Victor Bailey, Airto Moreira and Chester Thompson.

Alongside Miles Davis's electric bands, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Headhunters, Weather Report is considered to be one of the earliest pre-eminent jazz fusion bands. As a continuous working unit, Weather Report outlasted all of its contemporaries despite (or perhaps because of) frequent changes of personnel, with a career lasting sixteen years between 1970 and 1986.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Live In Berlin 1975

    Live In Berlin 1975 2011

    Reviewed by Kevin Le Gendre
    Essential listening for both faithful and faithless.
  2. Review of Tale Spinnin'

    Tale Spinnin'

    Reviewed by Peter Marsh
    The overlooked fifth album from the fusion giants gets a 24 bit wash and brush up...
  3. Review of Mysterious Traveller

    Mysterious Traveller

    Reviewed by Colin Buttimer
    Classic fourth album from Weather report gets a 24 bit brush up.
  4. Review of Live and Unreleased

    Live and Unreleased

    Reviewed by Peter Marsh
    Columbia dig in the vaults again and come up with two hours of prime electric jazz...
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