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Celebrating the Music of Weather Report

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In 1970, saxophonist Wayne Shorter and pianist Joe Zawinul, fresh from their stint with Miles Davis, created an ensemble that performed with a jazz sensibility coupled with a groundbreaking use of electronics. Known as Weather Report, their band undertook evolutionary explorations that one writer then described as "folk music of the future." By the time Weather Report disbanded in 1985, some of the brightest stars of the post-'60s era had passed through the group, including bassist Jaco Pastorius, drummer Peter Erskine, and guitarist Steve Khan. Now another Davis sideman, keyboardist Jason Miles has produced a heartfelt tribute to WR with over 20 all-star performers. With ex-Weather Reporters Victor Bailey and Omar Hakim holding it down on bass and drums, Jason Miles and company's take on WR's music comes tailor-made for smooth-jazz audiences. Take 6's vocal samplings on the hit "Birdland" and the funky "Palladium" are as snappy as the harmonies of "A Remark You Made" and "Mysterious Traveller" are impressionistic. Add the Brecker Brothers, alto saxophonist David Sanborn, vibraphonist Andy Narrell, and pianist Joe Sample into the mix, and you have pointers aplenty to the sonic signature Zawinul and Shorter laid down years ago--and to the future sounds they made possible. --Eugene Holley, Jr.

1. Birdland - Chuck Loeb
2. Elegant People - Jason Miles
3. Badia - Jason Miles
4. Young And Fine - Andy Narell
5. Cannonball - Cyro Baptista
6. Pursuit Of The Woman With The Feathered Hat - Cyro Baptista
7. Mysterious Traveller - Jason Miles
8. Harlequin - Cyro Baptista
9. Man In The Green Shirt - Andy Narell
10. Palladium - Jason Miles
11. Cucumber Slumber - Cyro Baptista

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  • Audio CD (February 22, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B00004L89F
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,924 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The front cover of this CD proudly boasts a hall-of-fame cast of jazz fusionists (the Brecker brothers, Marcus Miller, John Patitucci, etc.). From the promising cover on, it's steeply downhill. These guys for the most part simply go through the motions without any passion, when the disc SHOULD have been on FIRE from start to finish. Drained of energy and watered-down for the "smooth jazz dollar" I can only suggest the curious opt for the original Weather Report albums -- 30 years old, but sounding a lot fresher than this offering.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By psmv80 on January 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
WHAT!!!?
What has happened to all the music of Weather Report on this... this.. THING!
What is this - some sort of Kenny G/Michael Bolton collaboration? And Look at all the big names - The Brecker Brothers, Victor Bailey, Steve Gadd, Marcus Miller, Omar Hakim -
And Birdland - WHAT'S WITH THE VOICES!!? and not to forget THE "Smoothy Feel" THAT COMES WITH THIS REMAKE OF BIRDLAND (and the rest of this album)!
And what about Cannon Ball? What about that? I think SHLOOOBY is the word.
And Badia??
don't even talk to me about mysterious traveller.
NOW I'm sure they had their hearts in the right place, but THIS IS REALLY THE BIGGEST DOSE OF...you know...
all I have to say is ARGHHH!!!!
and to the guy who said the liner notes illuminate the CD - the only thing that could illuminate this cd is a box of matches!!!!
...i'll be in my room if you need me
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By charles on April 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
blast me to a planet where there aren't people who can't tell the difference between spyro gyra and weather report. some people just don't get it. i'm so bummed out after listening to this that i want to hurl. it's a disgrace on every level. this album has ZIPPO life, ZERO soul, and it's so full of the 'sophistication' which the blasphemous routinely refer to as 'smooth jazz' that it's surprising you don't get charged extra for the shipping-five pounds of garbage. arggggggghhhh! this is a cretinous disaster that should be renamed, 'mocking of the music of weather report by pedestrian musicians with no heart'.
announcement: PREPROGRAMMED, ELECTRONIC LOUNGE DISCO DOES NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH WEATHER REPORT. jaco is flipping over in his grave. who knows what those poor souls from the real 'badia' would do if they heard this. please don't let them anywhere near this horrific indicator of the unfortunate conclusion, "all is lost."
nasa, slap an extra booster rocket on and get me away from the people who think this album is a celebration of anything but night soil. am i in hell? weather report didn't do anything to deserve this. leave them alone! cannonball? LOL. you guys are OUT of it! i can't even bring myself to listen to cucumber slumber.
btw, did anybody notice that 'ex-weather reporters' victor bailey and omar hakim don't play any of the songs from their hitch with 'weather report'? apparently, even the criminals responsible for this mayhem realized that weather report was pretty much dead (and too similar to this album) by the time bailey and hakim arrived. david sanborn playing on a weather report cover? has everybody gone bananas?
anybody who knows the vast difference between weather report and yellowjackets, please email me so we can go half-and-half on the rocket fuel. gracias.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Christopher B. Pitts on February 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I can not believe that anyone would take the music of Weather Report and water it down but here it is. Even with a cast of greats, they still managed to turn some of the best fusion into schmaltz. Shouldn't there be law against this! I bought it because it was an SACD and I wanted to compare with a standard CD but now I'll just see if some Spyro Gyro or KennyG fan wants it. :-(
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Whistler VINE VOICE on February 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This CD was a real disappointment, to say the least. I understand that this was the brainchild of Jason Miles, who I believe contributed drums and keyboard parts to the project. I assume these were his arrangements as well. While it is clear from the liner notes that this was a labor of love for Miles, it couldn't have been a more misguided project. The music sounds as if most of it was recorded with a click track, which Weather Report never did. Thus from the start, the feel is hobbled by the shackles of metronomic time. This took most of fire out of the project, which left it feeling bland and pedestrian, a sailboat with no wind in its sails, adrift in an ocean of mediocrity.

Even with a stable of impressive names, the music often feels like a pale imitation of the robust gems it tries to give hommage to. For the most part, rather than finding inspiration from the source material, Miles has chosen emulation and the results on those tracks are disastrous, as they cannot avoid comparison to their fiery predecessors, which are superior in every way. On the other hand, the new arrangement of The Man in the Green Shirt had me rushing for the remote to squelch the banal travesty that was assaulting my ears. How anyone could've come up with this watered down, tamed and cutesified, coy and oh so "caribbean" version is beyond my understanding. What a waste of Andy Narrell's steel pan talents! IWhat a waste of son many major talents! haven't had the intestinal fortitude to approach it again.

The good news is, once again Sony is putting out a newly remastered set of WR CDs on their japanese Mastersound label. There will be 10 in all, remastered with the dsd process.
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