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Celebrating The Music Of Weather Report [DVD AUDIO] [DVD Audio]

Various Artists DVD Audio
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • DVD Audio (18 Dec 2008)
  • Please Note: This is a DVD-Audio disc which is playable on most DVD players as well as all DVD-Audio players.
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: DVD Audio
  • Label: Telarc Jazz & Blues
  • ASIN: B000059TNW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 459,118 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cucumber Slumber 18 Mar 2011
By Fletch-a-sketch TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD Audio|Verified Purchase
Well recorded celebration of the music of `Weather Report', Weather Report were a Jazz fusion band very popular in the 1970's at the time cutting edge and one of the few Jazz crossover bands to have a popular hit in `Birdland'. What attracted me to this disc was the long list of current exponents of jazz music and the fact that this was a DVDA produced by a company renowned for quality. To that end we have here is a very well played and recorded Surround sound disc, however the musical interpretations are for me rather disappointing verging on the middle of the road at times, which is a shame, as this could have been so much better. Fans of `Weather Report' may well like this disc, but casual fans might struggle a bit to understand how good `Weather report' really were if they base their knowledge on this disc alone.
The surround is good with nice use of all speakers and it comes with DVDA, DTS and Dolby Digital versions on the disc so compatible with All DVD and Blu Ray players. And as a bonus for the iPod generation there are pre ripped MP3s though I am not sure that the sort of person who would be buying this disc would actually use them, it's a nice touch anyway.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but not great either. 5 Feb 2010
By Ray C
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a decent record but I have to admit I was expecting a bit more from it. The fact that so many big jazz names are involved got me exited, so I bought it. Well, the truth is, the original versions by Weather Report are so good that even these great musicians failed to improve any of them. I guess one should see this record as just a tribute to a great band and appreciate this record for what it is and not compare it with the originals. If you can do that, then, there are some good moments to be enjoyed, especially from the Brecker brothers.
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Amazon.com: 3.2 out of 5 stars  25 reviews
21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars how much do you want, nasa? 25 April 2000
By charles - Published on Amazon.com
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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unimaginative, unimpressed 8 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars JKAFBJSKAFGHFSALGNJFSABVLJSADBFHADFLA 14 Jan 2004
By psmv80 - Published on Amazon.com
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
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars STOP!!! DONT BUY THIS CD 27 Feb 2002
By Christopher B. Pitts - Published on Amazon.com
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. :-(
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Basically a "Smooth Jazz" version of WR tunes 3 April 2006
By Kevin V. Edmonds - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm sure the intent of the producer was to re-create his fave WR tunes and re-package them to a more viable commercial format in today's millenium market. Generally speaking I'd only recommend this CD if you are a big WR fan already and want to hear alternative versions of many of their hits. Probably the highlight is Sanborn playing on "Cannonball" but David alone can't bring the piece as a whole (WR was always about the sum being greater than the parts) up to the level of the original version.
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