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Moving on from the Mwandishi groove,
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This review is from: Sweetnighter (Audio CD)
Miles Davis Bitches Brew opened a lot of doors for its participants (Weather Report, Mahavishnu, Lifetime, Mwandishi), but musically it was never followed up on except for Herbie Hancocks great Mwandishi band. Even Miles hit the rock button full on with Jack Johnson & Live Evil in 1970.
Mwandishi with its self titled debut & subsequent Crossings & Sextant took the Bitches Brew template, and organised it into fully composed pieces ( Miles had largely pieced together Bitches Brew from long jams with Teo Macero) which added a distinct groove, without heading into pop orientated "funk" areas as did the later Hancock Headhunters project.
When Mwandishi folded in 1973 Weather Report took up this baton, abandoning the free forms of their first two albums for great extended compositions with that groove inbuilt for this, their third album, Sweetnighter.
Fortunately for Zawinul & Co the public were now ready to go with this sound experiment, which was subsequently refined to produce such classics as Black Market & Heavy Weather.
So a real watershed in the career of Weather Report, and an important step in the public acceptance of jazz rock as a musical medium.