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Heavy Weather

September 23, 1997 | Format: MP3

$6.99
Also available in CD Format
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 23, 1997
  • Release Date: September 23, 1997
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 37:34
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  • ASIN: B00136LW16
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,383 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Jan P. Dennis on November 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Besides being perhaps the greatest ever jazz/rock supergroup, Weather Report actually managed to live up to their billings, without reservation.
They produced two astoundingly brilliant documents of their prowess, Black Market and Heavy Weather. Of the two--and this is more personal preference than anything clearly discernable--I believe Heavy Weather shines brightest.
Why?
Their ability to perfom at the highest levels of musical endeavor and innovation and still create a record that would appeal to the largest possible audience.
Surely "Birdland" and "Teen Town" are among the very highest accomplishments of what might be dubbed "accessible jazz." Combining simple, catchy melodies with progressive chord voicings and impossibly bubbly rhythms, they lend themselves both to extensive radio play and extended musical contemplation. Quite a feat.
The remainder of the disc, featuring a couple of Wayne Shorter's catchier compositions, "Harlequin" and "Palladium," also features "The Juggler," a magically mysterious offering from the pen of Zawinul, and "Havana," a stone rocker courtesy of Jaco Pastorius at the absolute height of his compositional prowess.
The absolute pinnacle of jazz/fusion, casually, effortlessly, blowing out of the water the entire jam band scene, Heavy Weather is not to be missed.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Feller who likes Old Yeller on March 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album is a 180 degree about face from Weather Report's earlier masterpiece, 'I sing the body electric'. The earlier relase features extensive improvisations and free jazz type techniques. Heavy Weather is most often rigidly arranged. The arrangements are good, and the tunes are catchy and infectious. There are some improvised solos here for sure, but in the context of largely pre-determined compositions. This is essentially a collection of extremely well-crafted pop tunes. One would be hard pressed to recognize this band as the same Weather Report that recorded 'I Sing the Body Electric'.
I enjoyed this album tremendously when I was first getting into jazz as a teenager. Having been an electric bass player at the time, I particularly appreciated Jaco Pastorius's considerable contributions. However, now that I have delved deeper into jazz, done a lot more listening and even some performing of jazz, I miss the continual interaction on this album that often happens between a combo of jazz musicians in a more liberated setting.
This is a great introduction to the Fusion genre and will probably be remembered as one of its defining moments.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on April 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This excellent 1977 release opens with the highly popular Birdland, a synthesizer-heavy piece that introduces the awesome talents of the greatest bassist in the world, Jaco Pastorius. As a bass player myself that was heavily influenced by Jaco, I was floored by his incredible technique on this recording, which includes a heady brew of harmonics, false harmonics, chords, and occasional bursts of lightning fast 64th note triplets. This is not to say that Jaco could not lay back - the moody and haunting Zawinul composition A Remark You Made features some very tasteful and restrained playing. The Wayne Shorter tune Harlequin and Zawinul's The Juggler are also very nice and similar in texture to A Remark You Made. The truly odd track is the the percussion driven piece Rumba Mama, which features a live performance by a duo comprised of excellent drummer Alex Acuna and percussionist Manola Badrena, who also "sing-shouts" in Spanish at the beginning of the piece. Although I really enjoy the entire disc, for me the highlights of Heavy Weather include Birdland, A Remark You Made, the Jaco tunes Teen Town and Havona, along with Wayne Shorter's superb Palladium. Although Joe Zawinul's use of synthesizers is heavy (a lot of Oberheim Polyphonic and ARP 2600) the sounds are natural and blend well with the jazzier and "straighter" aspects of the music. Then again, I am a huge prog rock fan so the synthesizers probably would not bother me much. If you like this recording, Black Market (1976) is also superb and in addition to Zawinul and Shorter, features a large and revolving rhythm section including: Narada Michael Walden (drums), Chester Thompson (drums), Jaco (bass), and Alphonse Mouzon (bass).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christian Wheeler on January 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
There's energy and drive to spare in this landmark work from the premier jazz fusion act of the 70s, the impeccable Weather Report. A remarkable blend of style, hip grooves, and smoking hooks, "Heavy Weather" dragged jazz kicking and screaming from the doldrums of the early 70s (look into the jazz works of that period and you'll see what I mean, though there are a few gems) into an era where jazz would ultimately meet (and fuse) with pop/rock elements, evident on tracks such as "Birdland" and "Harlequin." There's even a little disco present in the sharp hooks of "Teen Town." That doesn't mean that Weather Report sacrificed their roots for the sake of a modern sound; rather, they integrated the improvisational nature of jazz into the standard rhythms and sounds of the day. There are moments when the music shows its age, though it's not from the arrangements or the traditional instruments, but from the synthetic sound of the period's keyboards, which have a harsh edge typical of the time. That in no way detracts from the overall quality of this remarkable work. The core of the group--keyboardist Joe Zawinul and sax artist Wayne Shorter--provide the basis for "Heavy Weather's" multi-layered sound, but it's the late Jaco Pastorius who nearly steals the show with magnificent efforts on bass and drums. This is one of the great jazz works of any era, and is highly recommended.
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