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This review is from: Heavy Weather (Audio CD)
Some reviewers complain that 'this is not jazz' or that some of the tracks are cheesy. What they don't like is that Weather Report show themselves for the first time to be capable of numerous styles.
Heavy Weather has tracks that are big band pastiche, punk jazz, and bop. The rhythm section is elastic, slippery, funky or jazzy as the individual track requires; Shorter and Zawinul deliver soloes, riffs - and melody, which is sometimes lacking in Weather Report tracks(Cucumber Slumber, for instance, from Mysterious Traveller). Pastorius shows himself capable both of working with the rhythm section and soloing in his own right.
The result is an album in which variety is key. All the tracks have different characters. And the recording itself feels spacious and airy. It's a joy to listen to; the fact that Birdland was a mainstream hit, I presume, is what leads some jazz 'purists' to describe this as cheesy. I couldn't agree less. This is a joyful album, exuberantly musical. A huge advance on the tentative, studio-bound stiffness of Black Market.