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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1973
  • Release Date: 27 Aug. 1996
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 44:16
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,556 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funky and Cerebral 31 Aug. 2015
By Andy O' - Published on Amazon.com
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A to the point reminder that Joe Zawinul was bringing the funk from the beginning with the great Cannonball Adderley bands.
A pivotal moment for the band as Zawinul's funky Rhodes joins with the cerebral genius of Wayne Shorter...Miroslav Vitous ingenuity working Arco bass like a horn, the crazy crazy polyrhythmic percussion section and the secret weapon...Andrew White on electric bass and oboe!
I called this album funky and cerebral it would be a mistake not to notice how those qualities inform one another in the music and the players making it.
My favorite is Miroslav's "Will" but everything is top notch and deeply enjoyable. FIVE EMPHATIC STARS!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the original Weather Report with Miroslov Vitous 9 April 2015
By JimOfOakCreek - Published on Amazon.com
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Weather Report started off as a true jazz-rock fusion band as invented by the genius Miles Davis. Joe Zawinul was with Miles during the Jazz fusion era. Later the group became watered down with smooth jazz influences with Jaco Pastorius on bass. The band wanted to make money, get played on Smooth Jazz FM Radio and sell albums. Nothing wrong with that but the genre morphed away from Miles Davis. SWEETNIGHTER is still the original jazz fusion group Weather Report with Miroslov Vitous on bass.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vitous's Bass Manifesto; a universal funk for the ages 3 Jun. 2000
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Whatever happened to imagination in jazz and fusion? Where are the 'Extrapolations' and 'Sweetnighters' of today? Mclaughlin and Zawinul seem to be the only two guys who are still sound painting, but they're pushing 60 and can you really expect them to do it all? I don't know what Andrew White did on this record; I don't even know who the guy is; when I checked out his resume at the AMG all Music guide site, he is apparently a sax player who has never played bass on any other records! Can somebody set the record straight? I know that Miroslav Vitous is the only bass player qualified enough to produce the lines on this incredible record. It is funk that rises to the level of Stravinsky strictly on the attention that is paid to the cross-rhythms that occur between the bass and all the other instruments in the rhtyhm section (which consists of every member of the band except when Zawinul and Shorter are soloing and even then it's invariably a syncopated and polyrhthmic solo). The tonal variations and dynamics Vitous achieves on his acoustic/electic hybrid bass are the pinnacle of creativity on the instrument and done years before Eberhard Weber. Wayne Shorter's playing is at its absolute peak here and on 'Talespinnin' with a slight falling off on 'Mysterious Traveller.' He categorically refuses to play a single cliche sax line anywhere and comes up with brilliant substitutions that are as hip as they are sophisticated and modern. Just one listen to 'Manolete' lays all questions to rest as to who the most creative saxophone artist of the past 30 years is. It is a tune that seems to contain the world within its few minutes. '125th Street Congress' is funk that grooves and floats at an intensity that energizes to the bones without bypassing sophisticated imagination for the sake of the party and simplifying what shouldn't be simplified. The whole of 'Sweetnigher' sounds so fresh today, I can't even imagine what it must've sounded like 30 years ago when it first appeared, since I wasn't visiting this planet yet then. If you have self-respect enough to hate the New-Age and neo-traditionalist regressive Jazz of today and don't own this, you better hurry up and buy this before your aesthetic tastes become permenantly perverted; then buy 'Talespinnin' to reinforce the timeless healing powers of Zawinul, Shorter and company. Also try to buy the record 'Change of Scenes' by the Clarke-Boland Big Band featuring Stan Getz while it's still available (it is a limited edition Verve release). That's an amazing modern Big Band record that just flabergasted me and will you too. Pat Martino's 1970 classic 'Desperado' is a must buy for any self-respecting fusion fans. For newer stuff, check out Gary Thomas's ultra-cool 'Pariah's Pariah' and Charnett Moffet's masterful much-more-than-just-another-bass-player's-album 'Still Life.'
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely VITAL Fusion 27 Jan. 2010
By Thomas Gabuzda - Published on Amazon.com
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This monumental achievement by WR is surely one of their top 3 records, though note it is more groove-oriented and ambient than their others. The six tunes cover an amazing breadth of mood and every song is truly great (no need to single out one). Heavy percussion complements heavy bass lines which are lustrous acoustic on some tracks and electric on others. The sax soloing is sparse and atmospheric --even by Wayne standards-- and always magnificent. Together with MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER (likewise groove-oriented and ambient), TAIL SPINNIN' and BLACK MARKET you have four of the great fusion/ world/ ambient releases of all time. You can't go wrong with those -- each and every track.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums & best bands to come out of the ... 5 Oct. 2014
By Papaku - Published on Amazon.com
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Classic!!! One of the best albums & best bands to come out of the post"Bitches Brew"jazz fusion era.Grooving!Adventurous!Hypnotic! & free all at the same time,especially on Boogie Woogie Waltz.A funky jam in 3,who would've thought it? It continues to builds from beginning to end..Also 125th street congress is a standout.One of the best in its genre.
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