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Heavy Weather

Weather Report

1977

Heavy Weather

Album Summary

Heavy Weather is the seventh album by Weather Report, released in 1977 through Columbia Records. The release originally sold about 500,000 copies; it would prove to be the band's most commercially successful album. Heavy Weather received a 5-star review from DownBeat magazine and went on to be voted jazz album of the year by the readers of that publication. Featuring the jazz standard "Birdland", the album is one of the best sellers in the Columbia jazz catalog. This opening track was a significant commercial success, something not typical of instrumental music. The melody had been performed live by the band as part of "Dr Honoris Causa", which was from Joe Zawinul's eponymous solo album. Although not mentioned as a live recording in the liner notes, "Rumba Mamá" (a percussion and vocals feature for Manolo Badrena and Alex Acuña) was recorded at a band's concert in Montreux, Switzerland during the summer of 1976, of which a film would be subsequently released on DVD in 2007.

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2.96

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4724

Genres

  • Rock
  • Jazz
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Sun Aug 08 2021
4

4.0 - Sounds like the soundtrack to a 1981 cop comedy, maybe starring Dustin Hoffman and Danny Glover. They have to solve a murder case involving Colombian drug dealers. A wealthy heiress is the love interest. She’s modestly hot in a big-haired 80s way. There’s one sex scene where she’s wearing ridiculous lingerie and we see her tits for half a second. There’s a car chase, a couple explosions, one drunken evening that makes the main character question his choices, finally he cracks the case, the bad guys go to jail, he says goodbye to his partner and the girl. The last scene shows him moving back out West, giving up the cop grind, to work as a ranch hand.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
3

Pretty good. Really great structure and song writing. Excellent musicianship. The songs aren't really my bag, but it's great music to analyze.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

This album is great but I don't think it's the best fusion album of all time. That being said, Birdland is a pretty iconic first track (even if I do prefer the Maynard Ferguson version). A Remark You Made is likewise a standout track.I really love Pastorius' tone and it's just an excellent ballad. My other favorite track is the final song Havona, which is a really unique song and a great way to end the album. Overall, I think the production limits the album. Compositionally it's amazing, but some of the songs don't hit quite as hard as they ought to. That being said, there is certainly a reason it's a classic fusion album. Birdland: 9.5/10 A Remark You Made: 9.5/10 Teen Town: 7.5/10 Harlequin: 7.5/10 Palladium: 8.5/10 The Juggler: 8/10 Havona: 9/10 Decent 8/10

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

"Jazz Odyssey." That was the answer offered by Spinal Tap bassist when the band found themselves short of a guitar player. The result was a hilarious mix of well-intentioned attempts at virtuosity and well-pissed fans. This time though, a Spinal Tap fan was not giving a disapproving thumbs-down to a vision quest of jazz and psychedelia. Weather Report featured Jaco Pastorius, the man who was oft deemed the Hendrix of bass, and Heavy Weather is chock full of reasons why and how he earned that title. Melodic one moment, and tastefully dissonant the next, with a good amount of percussivity, Pastorius managed to display his range while still playing well with others. Tracks like Harlequin gave free reign to the sax, piano and keyboards (?) all laying atop snaking basslines that were melodic in their own right. If the first listen was a monolithic odyssey, the second run on this record allowed for this writer to be introduced to each track as individual works, whether it was the frenetic, tambourine-driven Birdland or the contemplative Rumba on side-B, this record proves to be one that keeps on giving. There will be something new to take away from each listen, from each instrument. I can't wait to do this a third time.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

Don’t love 70s jazz but it felt capable

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Fri Jul 09 2021
3

- easy listening, some spicier tracks but overall chilled. - bigband not my thing, solos a little muddy. - Drums are the standout, maybe followed by piano.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
2

Weather report: cloudy sky with little visibility of the stars

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Mon Jul 19 2021
5

RIP Jaco

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

Ein Jazzklassiker! Sehr gut.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

wow

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Fri May 28 2021
5

6 estrellas nomás por los lolz. y por subir el promedio. consumí esto irónicamente, es música para la hora de la comida, jazz de programa de tv. fenomenal.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
5

LOOOOVED this. The bass, the drums, the grooves, everything.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
5

This is awesome. Didn't know about the existence of this band and ended up hearing this album and others multiple times.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
5

one of the first jazz super groups - incredible album, great background music.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
5

A true masterpiece, timeless, a jewel for the ages. Let's give it 10 stars!

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Thu Dec 16 2021
5

I love this album! Weather Report slaps.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

classic - love it

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

Brilliant! Jazz funk, constant tap your foot stuff, big fan

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

Tydzien instrumentalny na liscie trwa w najlepsze, tym razem z poteznymi jojowymi referencjami, bo grany jest heavy weather bedacy siodmym studyjnym krazkiem jazzowej bandy weather report pod przewodnictwem pana Zawinula, ktory juz sie pojawil na liscie na plycie Davisa, ale zdecydowanie nie jest to krazek jednej osoby, bo w sklad zespolu wchodza takie nazwiska jak Wayne Shorter, wiec legendarna saksa, Jaco Pastorius na basie, Alex Acuña drumsy i Manolo Badrena tamburyniarz i perkusja, wiec paleta charakterow zaowocowala roznorodnymi kompozycjami, bo kazdy z czlonkow ma swoj kawalek, ktorych lacznie jest 8 na 37 minutach, co jednak najbardziej mnie urzeklo podczas odsluchu, to idealny balans na granicy improwizacji a kompozycji, ktora ma charakteryzowac fussion, no i nie mozna zapomniec o wykorzystaniu ciekawych instrumentow, bo klawisze Zawinula, to pianinko, elektryczna klawiaturka, jak i konsola synthowa, tak samo z saksa pojawia sie zarowno w wersji tenorowej jak i sopranowej, podobnie Jaco gral glownie na basie i to jeszcze bezprogowym, ale na otwierajacym birdlandzie gra on na mandoloncelle, wiec specyficzna wloska lutnia, grajaca dosc niskie tony, krazek niesamowicie lekki, raczej utrzymany w dosc szybkim tempie, a jednoczesnie przepelniony ciekawym wielowarstwowym brzmieniem, ktore jednak nie zabija energii ktora wrecz bije z poszczegolnych instrumentow, ale najbardziej czuc to z grania pana Jaco, ktorego kawalki sa dla mnie hajlajtami albumu, wiec na plejke leci otwierajacy birdland i zamkykajacy havona, ciekawy lore piece na temat pana Jaco, to fakt ze mial dziwne hobby polegajace na szukaniu barowych bojek, wiec prawie jak w fajt klubie, takie hobby z pewnoscia nie sprzyja zdrowotnosci, bo w wieku 35 lat zakonczyl swoj zywot przed wrotami jednego z barow, swietny basista i ciekawa postac z tego ktotkiego opisu

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Sun Mar 27 2022
5

"Heavy Weather" is a great example of a jazz fusion record that has such a good vibe that it's no wonder why it's one of the most successful and acclaimed records of the genre. The opener, "Birdland", has Joe Zawinul and Jaco Pastorius mixing piano and fretless bass as the signiture sound of the band. Joined by Wayne Shorter, Alex Acuña and Manolo Badrena, what you have is a dream team of jazz, and songs like "Teen Town" and "Palladíum" are unforgetable classics of the style.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
5

Unexpected

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Fri Jul 29 2022
5

Veeery cool !

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

Surprisingly good, has Supertramp vibes with the wide use of instruments Instrumental + , jazz, so good, I love it!!

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

Jaco is so good. I had heard of him, and was familiar with his style, but didn't realize this was his band. I do love fusion jazz.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
5

I was surprised by how much I liked this, as I always feel like Jazz Fusion is a genre that leaves a sour taste for me. But the consistency and experimental flair throughout was just the right flavor for me.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

A jazz fusion classic. Jaco Pastorious is so good, such a unique bass sound. Of course « Birdland » is a true masterpiece in itself but the whole album is really good.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
5

Wow! What a nice surplice. This was excellent. I see why they call the genre 'fusion.' Jazzy and funky and kinda perfect for early mornings. Will definitely return to this quite a bit.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
5

HUGE FAN. I loved the jazz/rock fusion. Absolutely amazing album. 10/10.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

I consider A Remark You Made one of the greatest compositions ever.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

Great album. Cool grooves. Didn't know what to expect. Every song puts you in a good mood. Can't wait to see what the rest of my group thinks about this.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
5

This was my first introduction to Jaco Pastorius. I love this album. This is an important recording due to it's commercial success and many folks intro into fusion jazz. It contains elements of jazz, latin, rock, and soul music. I definitely have a sentimental connection to this album and have listened to it many time since my introduction in the early '80s. I listen to this as great musicians interacting with each other and no one artist is better than the next.

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Thu Nov 05 2020
4

music perfect for playing in background (ambient)

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

Awesome accessible start but quickly gets a bit jazzy for me. 4 stars are mostly in the strength of Birdland.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

not something i super dig, but it's good for what it is, 4

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

Fluid and delightfully arranged. Some very pleasant melodic phrasing. Joe Zawinul's solos are ethereal and vibrant - classy stuff.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Good! Jazzy!

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Good funky jazz. Not going to be on any list of favorite albums I'll ever make, but it's the sort of thing you wouldn't be upset if it came on as background music

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Fri May 28 2021
4

Siento que esto es jazz con algo de drogas. De hecho cuando inició el disco, no supe que esperar, ya después me di cuenta de qué era. Como lo he dicho antes, el jazz aún no logra atraparme, así que el disco lo escuché con poca atención. Sin embargo, sí me gustan las variaciones y que suene animado, muy uptempo (???). "Rumba Mama" está padre por su inclusión de los tambores que se escuchan, "Palladium" porque de repente tiene unos arranques padres, pero yo creo que la que más me gustó sí fue "Birdland". Música como para cena animada o con show, no sé, algo así. 7.5/10

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Thu May 06 2021
4

NICE JAZZ

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Fun jazz album! Will absolutely listen to again

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Fri May 28 2021
4

Pues chido y todo, perobpues sí la escuché más como de fondo. harlequin y rumba mama fueron las que más me gustaron. Y el radio despues del disco me mostró muchas canciones que me gustaron, mood: gracias weather report, por lo d que me mostró un radio interesante y por dar tantos samples a los del lofi y toda esa onditabdel pop hypnagogico. Lel

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Great album. Brings back a lot of memories. Not my favorite Jazz Style.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

as predicted, heavy weather rolled in with a high pressure system that almost derailed everything during track one but then it stabilized and provided a nice 68 degree and sunshiny album. I give it Four 1980's Bruce Asbury's

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Fri May 28 2021
4

Really enjoyed this. Just into ****

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Sun Jul 04 2021
4

// Favs: A Remark You Made Score: Light to Decent 4

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Sat Jun 26 2021
4

Haven't felt such funk in a long time.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

Great jazz album. Very pop like feel. Absolutely love the saxophones.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

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Wed May 26 2021
4

The synth sounds a bit dated, but this album is a fusion masterpiece featuring acrobatic musicianship and great exploratory passages.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

Jazz fusion

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

7/10

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

I can't stop humming Birdland. This album is amazing.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

Enjoyable music to listen to. Very jazzy. I just didn't vibe with all the songs.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

Turned off by the title and the album cover; upon starting the first track I realized that I was actually very familiar with Zawinul and his Jazz Fusion! I played a lot of this in Jazz Band growing up. I guess that's what I get, judging an album by its cover!

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Jazz fusion. Está entretenido.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Wow, a very funky album. Mildly to moderately enjoyable. I remember playing Birdland on jazz flute as a kid, which was some unexpected nostalgia...and probably the biggest reason it was my favorite track. All of these songs aren't at what I'd call "legendary" status, but they're all very solid. I certainly understand why the album is on this list. This was very much worth the listen.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

mes colocs ont du se demander ce qu’il se passait pour que j’écoute de tels solos de saxophone un samedi midi

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

A cause de Coltrane, je pensais que le jazz n'était pas trop mon style. En fait je kiffe bien !

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

Le jazz c'est mieux quand on joue pas des notes au hasard je trouve

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Jazz instrumental

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

Some really good sounds on this one

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

Je tiens a remercier chaudement toute l'équipe de Weather Report, grâce à qui j'ai pu profiter plusieurs fois pleinement profiter de mes vacances. Grâce à une prévision météo à 7 jours des plus précises, j'ai pu amménager mon emploi du temps lors de visites de plusieurs pays, afin d'éviter le mauvais temps. En lançant l'album d'aujourd'hui, j'ai également pu réamménager mon planning de la semaine, me décidant à annuler ma sortie à vélo prévue pour jeudi, grâce à l'annonce d'une perturbation sur tout le nord de la Suisse alémanique lors de la piste 5 de l'album. Encore une fois, un grand merci à Weather Report.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

Quel bonheur d'avoir affaire à de vrais professionnels. Les prévisions sont ici données à quinze jours, avec une précision étonnante pour les avoir vérifiées la semaine qui a suivi. Le featuring avec Catherine Laborde et Louis Bodin est sans doute le morceau le plus impressionnant. On y voit Weather Report gesticuler devant un fond vert sur lequel est projeté une carte de l'hexagone. Pendant trois minutes, chaque ville ou région sera impeccablement désignée par les index des différents membres. L'outro conclut l'album en beauté avec un « demain nous fêterons les Célestins » extrêmement satisfaisant.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

03/10/2022 Not at all the jazz that I expected it to be. This is so energetic and funky as hell. Really fun album!

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

Felt like a slightly more modern miles Davis album. Very nice ambient jazz type music and such. Also I found out that the endtroducing album could be called trip hop and I’m just noting that here

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Sun Mar 27 2022
4

Very cool jazz album that I had almost forgotten about.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

Ah Birdland on kyllä aivan megakova, kiva kuulla vihdoin koko levy. Erinomaista "modernia" jazzia jossa jopa elektronisia saundeja. 4/5.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

Mites tätä kuvailis? Kepeää fuusiota? Tälläsessä helsingin takatalven paskamyrskyssä kyl mieluusti asettuu tän levyn tunnelmiin. Yllätyin itseasiassa että tykkään tästä! 4/5

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

Jazz fusion. Está entretenido.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

Wicked jazz fusion album. Super experimental and fun, lots of different influences from world music, jazz and funk coming through. The technical skill of all of the band members gets highlighted on this record; the drums, horns, keys, guitar, bass all have their moments in the spotlight throughout. Heavy Weather pushed the boundaries of a traditional sounding record at the time, and helped to evolve jazz and prog rock through this period. Fave tracks: Birdland, Havona

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

Musical wanking at its finest

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Mon May 09 2022
4

My favorite jazz album thus far. Very cool

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Fri May 13 2022
4

Pretty cool! These boyz can PLAY

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

Awesome jazz fusion album. Wayne Shorter can do no wrong.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
4

Really great album. My fifth listen this year and still hearing new phrases each time

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

Some banging fusion, Birdland is a certified tune and the rest is also v good

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

7/6/2022 - ALBUM #160 Today's Album: "Heavy Weather" by Weather Report - This stands out as a pretty great Jazz album up there with the likes of Herbie Handcock Headhunters and Miles Davis' Bitches Brew and that becomes like a super obvious observation once you realize that this band is a mending of a lot of different members from those bands. The opener, Birdland, is a perfect Jazz track in my opinion. The long-form stylings of classic Jazz with the constant musical momentum of the fusion movement come together to create such a fun and energetic track. It is just one of those instrumentals that never gets old to me and has so many aspects to it it's impossible to explain everything I like about it. Carrying on, the album stays consistently high quality with the great contemplative ballad A Remark You Made and a bunch of upbeat energetic tracks like Teen Town, The Juggler and Havona. I think I'm not a huge fan of Rumba Mama because although it has an infectious loud energy to it, it doesn't really have a lot of progression to it and starts to feel stale as it goes on. I really like the closer on this album as well, Havona, as it ends off with this really dramatic and hectic improv section. It doesn't stick the landing when it comes to closing up the album with a strong climax, but it is pretty emblematic of the experimentation that was all over this record. The jazz fusion moments on this record especially stand out to me as being so fundamental to the genre and being just generally really likeable. Overall, there is a reason this is such a beloved and successful jazz album with covers of Birdland more plentiful than can be counted. Give this one a listen if you want a solid piece of Jazz history and a great album to just throw on to set a nice vibe. Highlights: Birdland, A Remark You Made, Teen Town, Harlequin, Palladium, The Juggler, Havona Score: 8/10 One of the most influential jazz albums of the late 70s

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

Birdland is a classic. I could listen to that on repeat! It was interesting listening to the entire album, and I really enjoyed it. I could definitely put this on in the background while working.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Not the biggest fan of jazz but quite liked this one. Found it both accessible and with enough technical depth. Pretty close to prog rock in some parts... Maybe that's why I liked it?

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Today's a cool morning filled with a heavy rain. The weather's heavy, you might say. And while I don't think a jazz fusion album suits such a day, this one didn't ruin the mood. I love the stormy energy of the instruments and the smooth flow of it all. Some tracks are quite boring, but as a whole, this album is a decent listen. Another great jazz.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
4

Tuneful and melodic from the first to the last not, with great hooks and several absolute classics of the genre (starting with "Birdland"). Has aged extremely well (one woudln't have guessed), but masterful playing is timeless, innit? An outright pleasure to hear (on one's deathbed or any time) to be reacquainted with.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Awesome futuristic jazz album that covers prog, fusion, world music, latin percussion, etc. etc. the list goes on. The (mostly fretless) bass is really the standout for me on this album. The playing is virtuosic, lyrical, technial, and just all around amazing, but that's what you should expect from one of the greatest to ever do it- Jaco Pastorius. Solid 4 out of 5. Some tracks later on tend to track a little.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

This was a fun jazzy fusion album, great for background busy-music! I always appreciate some fun noodles and experimentation from talented musicians.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Nice jazz-rock fusion. Some of it’s smooth, some of it’s spacey, a lot of it is funky and weird. A lot great percussion too. My favorite track is “Palladium.” Sick album cover too.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
4

Classic funky fusion sound, love it, though it does sound a bit too dated at times for its own good.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

“OHHHH! THAT song!” I exclaimed as the opening notes of Weather Report’s “Birdland” filled my ears. I’ve heard this song a gazillion times on the radio - usually as background music for PSA’s or commercials. I’m VERY excited to hear it again! This is possibly the first time I’ve heard the song in its entirety. As the album progressed my reaction was positive. The songs were varied and interesting. I want to listen to it again. Jazz always scared me or put me off. Heavy Weather and some of the other great jazz albums I’ve heard in this project has made me realize there’s a place for it in my world.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Hooray for Birdland! It is great. The rest is not as great --- sounded like a record of 80s TV themes, putting everything in soft focus like Cybil Shepherd in Moonlighting. I give Birdland 10 stars and the rest 3.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

Hey, ég á þessa plötu á disk í kassa útí bílskúr! Long time no listen. Mætti alveg hlusta oftar, þetta er ljómandi skemmtilegt

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Sun Oct 09 2022
4

"Now you must aquire a taste for free-form jazz" -Patrick Star I like this album, some stuff goes a little too jazzy (i.e. freeform or something) for my liking, but I was definitely grooving to this album Also is this a JoJo reference? Favorite song: Birdland or Teen Town Worst song: Harlequin

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

The first Jazz album I ever bought, or was it Elegant Gypsy by Al Dimeola, get quite be certain. Birdland is a great song but the rest just aren't for me, not 45 years ago and not now. The closer; Havana gets a bit closer but al in all bot my cup of tea...but Birdland does elevate it to 4 stars

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Sun Oct 30 2022
4

While it was not exactly a chart success, to be able, as a jazz group, to produce a single that is still recognised 45 years after its release is quite some achievement. Birdland is such as track. The rest of the album mostly follows the pattern laid down by Birdland, but Rumba Mama stands out as breaking away from this structure. In general even improvised jazz needs to have some structure imposed on it to make it listenable, and Weather Report get the balance right here.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

I think I listened to this years ago but forgot all about it. Thought it was great this time around, very groovy bass!

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

Pretty cool that the day's listening included Public Enemy and Weather Report. So this album — damn, some of the playing is otherworldly, particularly the bass. Tones of the instruments are also really great throughout. When this is at its best, this is sensational. I appreciate the jazz genre tucked into a slightly more structured song format. At times it's too structured, and self-aware and indulgent, but then, if I could play and write and execute these parts, I'd push myself to do it. These guys are playing things — individually and as a group — that not many can. So, perfect? No. Too indulgent and showy for that. Brilliant? Yes. And at its best (the opener, "Birdland" for instance), this is magical.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

Acid jazz, funk and synth fusion confection!

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Thu Dec 17 2020
3

Shorter has his characteristic spaciness, and there's other good playing on the record. Overall, though, his straight-ahead work is more rhythmically interesting. The fusion doesn't add anything to that formula as far as my ears are concerned, though it does sound like the band is having a good time. Good as far as instrumental rock goes.

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Fri Sep 18 2020
3

Musically very, very good, just not my style. A little too "funky" for my tastes, but that's a me problem.

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Thu Oct 29 2020
3

The musicians are phenomenal, but I feel like years of my father watching the Weather Channel have ruined me, preventing me from seeing this as anything but smooth background music. Again, well crafted, I just can't help my brain. Favorite tracks: "Birdland", "Teen Town"

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

I own it. Birdland is a bop but the rest is just fine. The schmaltzy side of fusion just isn't for me.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
3

Love Birdland and nice sax.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

Not my cup of tea but overall a vibe 3.2

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Fri May 28 2021
3

Yeah pretty good as far as the jazz stuff we've had so far goes.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

It wasnt bad. I guess I don’t have much more to say about jazz fusion. The first track “Birdland” was pretty cool

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

Not bad smooth jazz, I liked the arrangements, production was very crisp and clean, just didn't feel it was breaking any new ground or pushing the sound beyond things I've heard

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

Digg album! Likte veldig godt stemningen, minna om en eller annen spill-soundtrack. Fin bakgrunnsmusikk, men ikke noe jeg ville hørt på sånn når som helst. Best sanger: Birdland, Palladium og The Juggler.

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Fri May 14 2021
3

The album is nice as background music and easy listening but the album for me is nothing special easy to listen to but not something I would rush to listen again 3/5

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Tue May 18 2021
3

Interesting stuff. Prolly not something I’d listen too in my spare time, but kinda groovy nonetheless 🤷🏻‍♂️

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

An enjoyable and through and through just very solid jazz fusion album. The consistency in itself stands out compared to most jazz fusion albums even if they never reach some of the insane creative heights of other artists. It's a fun, interesting enough listen. But honestly, not one where i feel entirely drawn to keep diving into time and time again.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

We appreciated how important this album is, but we likely won’t listen to it again. It sounds like the intro to every 80’s sitcom.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

This one got my into Jaco Pastorius

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Sun May 16 2021
3

A good jazz album. It would be great to sleep to if not for the yelling halfway through during "Rumba Mama".

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Wed May 19 2021
3

It's fine. There are interesting tracks here, but 70s instrumental albums aren't really my favorite. Highlights: 1, 2, and 3.

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Sun May 09 2021
3

first jazz album i actually enjoyed

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

Low key background fayre, 3

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Wed May 19 2021
3

It was a pretty good experience. I went in with lower expectations since their music is experimental, but this album surprised me. I liked the piano and rhythms, even if they were jazz rhythms. Favorite Track: Birdland

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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

Weather is the apt metaphor. Basslines whirl like winds, melodies build like clouds; cold fronts, warm air pockets. It’s all there. You just put it together.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
3

Normal

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

Fine as background music

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Sat Aug 21 2021
3

Good fusion. Birdland nostalgic

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Mon Aug 23 2021
3

modern jazz, not my favorite style, but okay.

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Tue Sep 07 2021
3

This was a nice, chill listen. Some funky beats and enjoyable melodies, but I don't know if I would listen to this for anything but background music. I would definitely have to re-visit, though.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

Clàssic del jazz fussió, un dels fills bastards de l'In a Silent Way' de Miles Davis, aquí amb Wayne Shorter portant la veu dominant, juntament amb altres grans noms com Jaco Pastorius o Joe Zawinul. Un gran èxit comercial gràcies a 'Birdland', tot ell un dels discos de jazz més accessibles i d'escolta més agraïda que conec

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

I feel like I'm writing the exact same review for all the instrumental only albums on this list. Basically this would make decent background music, but not really interested in listening to this album more than once. I'm nearly positive that first song "Birdland" is a theme song from some cheesy 80s tv show, although I can't remember which one, and the internet is no help, but that little bit of nostalgia isn't enough to bump up the overall rating.

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Sun Sep 12 2021
3

Pretty nice, but nothing that blew me away. Live I'd love it.

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Sun Sep 12 2021
3

I wish Donald Fagen would have laid some sarcastic vocals on these smooth ass grooves.

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Sun Sep 12 2021
3

I know Birdland and like that song but most of the others I find boring and kind of dweeby.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
3

Yet another album that's basically one song that we've all heard 1000000 times and some similar tunes. Fusion muzak, though Jaco is the man.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

Classic but now sounds dated

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

Interesting, was quite fun and enjoyed the jazzyness. Probably not going to listen again though.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

Not bad, much more palatable jazz than some of the others we've had

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

Yeah quite fun! Reminded me of a demo I had on my childhood keyboard, Sims music when they're at a bar and also 80s crime film. Probs wouldn't listen again, but very interesting music

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

Very good fusion jazz. Not all tracks are winners here but overall it's pretty solid.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

Aw, yeah? Hunh.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
3

Jazzy!

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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

For a bunch of superb musicians who are perfectly in tune, you'd think they'd be able to actually FIND the tune with an hour length album.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
3

Nice, but feels too middle of the road.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
3

not for me. 3/5

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Sun Nov 14 2021
3

3.25

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

good album to listen to while you work on your computer

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

The jazz flute!

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Mon Dec 13 2021
3

Pretty fucking solid.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

Birdland is fun still

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Mon Jan 17 2022
3

Not my taste in jazz but not bad.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

2022.01.18

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

It starts off sounding like every sitcom soundtrack from the era, but ends up being pretty interesting.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
3

Here's a wild one. The genre listed on Apple Music is "fusion".....of what? It's jazzy, but also soft-rocky. Is this of the no-man's land that is adult contemporary? Whatever it is, it's quirky and I like it. Had no idea what to expect track to track, that's always fun. Favorite tracks: Birdland, Rumba Mama. Album art: What a cover, this is incredible. Never seen this before, and it stopped me in my tracks. A lightning volcano wearing a giant fedora? This belongs in a museum. 3.5/5

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Thu Feb 03 2022
3

As soon as I saw the album cover I knew we would be in for a treat. Glad to see I was right in that regard! A very interesting jazz type of fusion album. All the text of Weather Report and Heavy Weather also felt prescient due to the current snow storm outside. This was great music to listen to while working and I'm glad this funky album was on the list!

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Thu Feb 03 2022
3

Enjoyed this album

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

3.5

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Mon Mar 28 2022
3

Some nice chill jazz fusion. It has a good mood to it that is energizing and upbeat which I like. 6/10

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

I really liked the album and reading about the band. RIP JAco

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Fri Apr 08 2022
3

Eeepinen levynkansi ja konsepti on houkutteleva, mutta lopulta oli vähän pettymys. Jotenki se bassokitarasaundi jazz fusion jutuissa ei vaan nappaa. Ehkä kuitenkin tarpeeks mielenkiintosta settiä että ansaitsee kolmosen kakkosen sijaan.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
3

3, i smell olives when i listen to this

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Sun Apr 10 2022
3

Rating: 6/10

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Wed Apr 13 2022
3

Normal

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

I like Birdland. Good stuff. I just really need to learn jazz. I bet this is good.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
3

A good fusion/jazz album. This one is great to listen to while working.

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Thu May 05 2022
3

Voor jazz vond ik dit enorm goed te hachelen.

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Wed May 18 2022
3

first listen the live version of Teen Town is 12 BPM faster and way cool

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

Birdland slapped!! The rest of the album was fine!!

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Sun Jul 03 2022
3

Funky and fun, but probably not a repeat listen for me

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Wed Jul 06 2022
3

Yeah OK - fine - fun in a vintage movie kind of way, but not something I think I'd listen to out of choice on a sunny day

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Sun Jul 31 2022
3

Definitely need to be in the right frame of mind for this one. I really enjoyed the live stuff at the end of the extended version.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

A grower, though I think the early tracks sound very dated and didn't age well.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Heavy Weather is the 7th album by American jazz fusion band Weather Report. It was the most commercially successful album for the band and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011. This album was released towards the end of the jazz-rock movement but was able to extend the life of that movement a little longer. The band had a new bassist for this album which provided a better low end to the band's busy high end of melodies. Heavy Weather was a lot of fun to listen to, and I hope I can hear more from this band later on this journey.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

I have never heard of them before. Interesting, spacy/airy jazz feel to this album. Not bad overall, at times it got a bit hectic and unorganized. I'd listen to their other discography.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
3

3/5

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

I argue this album is a bit of a miss. Not because it's bad, but rather because it should have been so much better given the subject matter, performers, and genre. Don't get me wrong, though: I like it!

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Sat Sep 17 2022
3

Jaunty, funky, rich with diverse musical influences. Not really my thing, but there's some top notch musicianship here. Fave Songs: Palladíum, Birdland, Teen Town, A Remark You Made

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

OK background music

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

This one was pretty meh for me. It was fine...it was a pleasant background while I worked...sometimes a little funky, but just not quite enough so to really draw me in.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

I was really surprised that this was the original recording of "Birdland." I definitely recognized this version, but as someone very familiar with The Manhattan Transfer's version, I didn't realize the song's history only went back to this album. It really got things going off to an amazing, energetic start. Then it kind of took things down a bit. Once I got my mind wrapped around the change in tone, I appreciated the electro-jazz sound that recalled driving along Chicago's Lake Shore Drive in the 90s to WNUA Smooth Jazz 95.5. The whole rest of the album felt fairly continuous in this groove... That is, except for the seemingly random, two-minute live recording of "Rumba Mamá" which seemed quite jarring and out of context here.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

12th October 2022 Listened on the way in to the office and in the stage prepping for the GD Get Together. Watched see how they run in the afternoon. Nice bit of jazz pop, didn’t set my world on fire but was bright and breezy.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

The first track – Birdland – was so good that none of the other tunes on the album quite reached that level. Nevertheless, the album was still a rather pleasant listen.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

This was a weird mix of elevator musak and Thundercat. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

Funky album, largely played as background sound during my Vancouver job search! Good accompaniment on a rainy day, though I should relisten to give it justice. Havona has some sick bass!

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

Solid 3. been on a bit of a jazz kick though

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

I enjoy Birdland, some of the others were a bit strange

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

Jaco Pastorius fretless bass playing is pretty cool, but nothing too interesting on this album. Took me about five tracks before I even realized it was him.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
3

Before today I had never heard of Weather Report. They are a fusion jazz band (jazz mixed with rock and funk). The music reminded me of upbeat TV show theme songs from the 80's and 90's. Jaco Pastorius has been called the "Jimi Hendrix of bass playing" and I can see why! Just have a listen to the songs Teen Town or Palladium, or from the extended release of the album, Black Market, and you will hear it too! His bass playing is phenomenal!! This is great ambiance music, and I really like how they blend jazz and funk together really well! Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this album! Not something for heavy rotation, but I would listen again for sure! Favourite songs: Birdland, Black Market (Live), Rumba Mama, Havona, Teen Town, A Remark You Made, Palladium, The Juggler Least favourite song: Harlequin 3/5

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Fri Jan 01 2021
2

Sounds like the music from a 1990s morning show intro

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Mon Feb 08 2021
2

Truly not for me. This is why I think I don't like jazz. Super dated sounding and just... ugh. DNF.

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Fri May 28 2021
2

Birdland is cool, and definitely a standout. Definitely reminiscent of a jazzy TV show intro. The rest is a bit blah techo jazzy that seems pretty dated.

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Sun Feb 28 2021
2

Ok. First song was good, rest was mostly not my groove yo

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Mon May 10 2021
2

sure

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Wed Jun 02 2021
2

Also der erste Track war ja voll in meiner Alf-Schiene, nice. Danach aber doch zu verkopft. Dann lieber Yes.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
2

Done

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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

Slow, boring and directionless in parts. Really disappointed as was first thing I had absolutely no idea about that’s come up but just left me feeling it was a bit meh.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

Background music for the most part.

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Fri May 28 2021
2

Strange

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Tue Jun 15 2021
2

2/5 not really into that fusion jazz thing

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Thu Mar 04 2021
2

ProggJazz, not good. Elevator music. 2 stars for production value

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Thu Apr 08 2021
2

Mostly sounds like a jazzy score for an 80s movie. But there's at least one live track, and I hate that.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
2

There really isn't too much excitement in an album that almost sounds more like a moods mix than an artistic effort.

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Sun May 23 2021
2

não é meu estilo de álbum, mas ajudou a fazer o simulado de ontem

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Mon May 10 2021
2

Snoozefest

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Wed May 19 2021
2

Meh. I can see why jazz rock never quite caught on.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
2

Real goofball stuff. At least that's what I thought to start. Just a bunch of jazz dorks dorking around with squiggly synths, tumbling horns and Jackson 5 pastiches. "I've just got to this party," I said to myself. "But if that's the vibe I'll tell ya now I ain't leavin' till it's over." But then it lost some of its surprise factor and settled all too comfortably into "atmosphere". I stuck it out with little to no grousing but with my booty unscorched by the hot jazz coals I'd been angling for I kicked it at 10.45pm. C'est la vie. A night that promises a lot but delivers half of it is nothing to sniff at.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
2

I was looking forward to this. I have no idea when it was made and I don’t intend on doing the most basic thing and looking up the year but the 80’s style sax and overall sound doesn’t sit with me. I get it, jazz is free and exciting and can take you places you’d never expect but i can’t find any structure in this at all. Nothing to hang my hat/coat on.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
2

Meh. Kind of a combo of the elevator jazz my dad likes and Nintendo music. Not terrible but a little cheesy and self indulgent for my taste.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
2

I'm sure it's good but not for me at all.

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