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Procession
Procession

3.0 out of 5 stars Weather Report - Procession, 21 Mar 2010
This review is from: Procession (Audio CD)
Weather Report - Procession

With three fifths of Weather Report now gone , Zawnul and Shorter had recruited a new rhythm section and percussionist, thus their intention perhaps to keep the same complementation of instruments as in the previous format.
Keeping to the Weather Report sound, an interesting development was to use the then popular Manhattan Transfer as backing singers to `Where The Moon Goes'. Weather Report rarely used vocals in their music, but it works well in this piece. The vocal's previous to this were mere voice noises with the sole purpose being to just provide another instrument and not a story.
The title track `Procession' begins with a quiet intro to gradually build up with haunting saxophone passages from Shorter to demonstrate why the song has its name.
Quite a remarkable piece of music in this new era Weather Report of 1983.
I admit I did find it difficult at first to get into at first , but after a while the song just clicked and it sounds even better for me on subsequent playings.
`Plaza Real' written by Wayne Shorter has this concertina sound in the intro followed by a pleasant saxophone with a superb ending interspersed by changes in tempo and occasional human whistles. It is a delight to hear.
`Two Lines' to me tends to be rather monotonous and maybe composed on one of Zawinul's off days.
`The Well' and second work by Shorter reminds me of a previous Weather Report from the `Mysterious Traveller' days. This reminds me of songs like, `Blackthorn Rose' and `Jungle Book

The final track `Molasses Run' is composed by new drummer, Omar Hakim who also doubles up on acoustic guitar just for this song and a fresh insight to how diverse this band could really be and not afraid of change with Victor Bailey keeping up with this brisk Hakim drum beat. He sounds like a cross between former members, Jaco Pastorius and Alphonso Johnson.
The song's closing stages are to the sounds of church bells and reading the track detailsm, Hakim is credited with the piece dating back three years to 1980 before joining the group.


Weather Report
Weather Report
Price: £5.80

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Weather Report (2) Review, 21 Mar 2010
This review is from: Weather Report (Audio CD)
Weather Report - Weather Report

The second and last eponymous Weather Report album recorded with the same line-up as their previous disc - `Night Passage'. This was a first for WR, as all their other recordings had different group members apart from the central players and founders Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter.
`Weather Report' being the last one that Jaco Pastorius appeared leaving to go solo again with his One Truth Band.
This recording demonstrates Report at their peak in that genre of the early 1980s with probably the best group members and an epitaph the way people can play together.
Admittedly, there are similarities to the previous - `Night Passage' in this offering.

Like `Night Passage' this has moved away from the afro percussive sound, returning with nuances of traditional jazz and being a clever move by Zawinul after the `Mr Gone' album not complementing the excellent previous `Heavy Weather' in styles and sales perhaps. Maybe the route he and Shorter had to move into whether it be unintentional or contrived. Clearly, it was not going to happen twice and this work compliments `Passage' perfectly, unlike `Mr Gone' which never did justice to -or with - `Heavy Weather.'
The inclusion of Pastorius since `Black Market' was vital to the line-up and gave the band some pizzazz in their live performances as well and in the studio production process as a co-producer. Having seen them play myself I can vouch for his influence not just in the sound. But the persona. It is a shame his life was cut so tragically short later in that decade.

`Current Affairs' has similarities to Night Passage's `Dream Clock' despite being written by Zawinul and Shorter respectively.
The three-part `NYC' gives a feel to the big band sound and evokes the city's jazz music tradition and very effective with five separate instruments and lasting just over ten minutes, gives the listener an insight to bygone days when Zawinul and Shorter were playing the NYC clubs perhaps..?
It also shows the way Zawinul could orchestrate a band's sound
`When it was now' is a funky rhythm song written by Wayne Shorter of the toe tapping variety and well worth a listen. This is the only Shorter song on the mostly dominated Zawinul recording but Shorter is a great writer in his own right, let's not forget that, and it is a shame he only had this song plus the combined and last group written track - `Dara Factor Two', to his credit. There is nothing penned by Pastorius as a swansong to a great career in this band either.
Closing off with the aforementioned Dara Factor Two, marks the end of a successful and productive period for W.R. fans.
Drummer, Peter Erskine was also to leave along with the forgotten percussionist, Robert Thomas Jr.
Weather Report 2 as I think it ought to be called, has to be treated by its own merits and although it does not have the excellent closing `Madagascar' as on `Night Passage' could have joined with the former album as a double disc package.

The listener should not be too downhearted at a line-up break up, as the band was evolving all the time and yet after peaking in 1977, its potential never wavered or dropped too many notches.
Jazz aficionados of all ages will appreciate Weather Report and especially this one.
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Bursting Out
Bursting Out
Price: £10.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bursting At The Seams, 5 July 2009
This review is from: Bursting Out (Audio CD)
I have a confession to make: I bought the US single version CD of `Bursting Out' at a CD fair and upon first listening felt a bit cheated discovering three tracks missing from the original album. The absent three are only available on the 2004 Double CD digitally re-mastered UK / Euro version.
Having bought it from Amazon (of course), I could now hear what I had been missing: Ian Anderson - the cheeky raconteur, entertaining the audience between songs with the expletives bleeped out, plus the three extra tracks.
After the polite introduction by MC and Jethro Tull friend - Claude Nobs, followed by `No Lullaby' the song that really gets the show under way and demonstrating Martin Barre's industrious guitar work is `Sweet Dream'. The two other tracks missing from the US version being the instrumentals: `Conundrum' and `Quatrain'
Worth a listen, if nothing else.
But `Sweet Dream will blow you away, especially the guitar aficionados.

The performance harks back to a distant and not to be forgotten bye-gone age of Jethro Tull at their zenith and in my opinion the band's best line-up.
This is one of the best live albums I have ever heard.
Take note I.A.

GW


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