[JPL] New Weather Report Box Set "Forecast: Tomorrow" with the1978 Rockpalast DVD

jazzrockworld rick at jazzrockworld.com
Tue Sep 12 11:16:34 EDT 2006


Hi Erik,

Excellent points and question.

With Zawinul pushing the envelope almost the entire duration of the band's
existence and Shorter being his musical soul-mate, you're right, it's hard
to distinguish things with these factors. 

I think that Weather Report as with many Jazz ensembles where the personnel
change, the music changes accordingly. I would have to say that Alphonso
Johnson was my favorite period, however, the perfection of the complete Live
in Tokyo and the "can do anything" period with the Bailey/Hakim lineup are
standouts as well. 

As usual, it's all personal and relative. I think that's it's also important
to remember a very significant factor about Weather Report - they were a
LIVE PERFORMANCE band. 

Unlike most Jazz groups that learn songs on stage and then go into the
studio to record them, WR was always touring to support the album they just
finished. That meant most of their concerts were played with songs you
hadn't heard before with some oldies thrown in. For me, buying the album
that came out after the show was always a disappointment because it lacked
that improvisational aspect achieved during the live performance. 

Anyway - they were great, wish more musicians would follow their example and
stay creative and push the limits of their skill in a dynamic environment
that is unpredictable and spontaneous. 

Wayne and Joe sure went different ways after they broke up didn't they...???

Best,

Rick


 

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On Tuesday 12 September 2006 09:55, jazzrockworld wrote:

> Hello all,
>

>
> Quiz - was Weather Report better with or without Jaco?
>
> My vote is for without. No disrespect to Jaco as great as he truly is 
> (the Hendrix of bass players).
>
> Best,
>
> Rick Calic
> www.jazzrockworld.com

Hi Rick,

Last night I aired 4 hours of Wayne Shorter in a kind of belated birthday
tribute. I listened to all the commercial Weather Report CDs that I own in
preparation for the show.

I have always thought that the 3 bassists that recorded with the band each
brought a different sound to the band. The first bassist, Miroslav Vitous
played acoustic bass but he used different effects on his sound including
what I guess is a wah wah pedal. Alphonso Johnson played electric and my
feeling is that the band got funkier with him as the bassist. There is no
doubt how dynamic a player Jaco was but I'm not sure I would say they were
better with him as a member. He certainly made the band sound different then
his predecessors did.

I also think the issue is not so clear cut or straight forward. Everybody
except Wayne and Joe changed over the 15 year history of the band so in one
sense, it wasn't really the same band. In addition, the concept behind the
band or what they were trying to do musically seems to have changed. This
again clouds the issue. Is the music or band better at a certain time in
their history or do you just prefer their music at a certain point in their
career?

Eric Jackson
8 pm - mid Mon - Thurs
WGBH Boston
89.7 FM
www.wgbh.org/jazz

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volumes about Kassoff's unequivocal artistry, which is splendidly showcased
on SOMEWHERE'' (Jack Bowers-AAJ).  After almost 40 years as a professional
musician, KASSOFF's first album as a leader features his serene beauty,
intriguing style, and vivid concepts as an outstanding composer and gifted
improviser.  With MARTIN WIND (bass) and TIM HORNER (drums), ''SOMEWHERE is
vibrant, compelling, and destined to become an essential component of
collections that favor jazz trios'' (Paula Edelstein-AMG).  ''Performed with
class and a fine touch'' (Marion McPartland), ''SOMEWHERE is a masterpiece''
(Bucky Pizzarelli).
 
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