5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
One of the "Must Have" Weather Reports,
This review is from: Sweetnighter (Audio CD)
Other reviewers here have spelled it out as well as i could, this has everything. Its got groove, mystery, light & shade, tone poems..impeccable playing & writing..what more could you want? Its not Herbie Hancock funk, it makes you work a little bit harder than that..the wonderful melodies unveiling themselves subtley over time but always the rhythm keeps you connected. Its difficult to convey to younger people the effect this album & a handful of others had at the time, this was so cutting edge & jazz was literally taking from everywhere, harnassing it to its own end & creating things no-one had ever heard before. The word fusion in the hands of guys like this was never a dirty word, if only it had remained in such inventive hands. I'd give all the Weather Report albums of this period five stars. I loved Jaco to bits as a player but for me his later Weather Report & i was lucky enough to see him live with them, though wonderful in places & obviously commercially peaking, were already on an artistic wane..the tunes, structures & even ambience of the band more conventional, the solos more showy. This is the business..buy it.