Heavy Weather

Heavy Weather

by Weather ReportWeather Report

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Overview

"Birdland," the joyous opening track of Heavy Weather, may be the most famous tune in all of fusion. With its infectious cascading melodies buffed up by state-of-the-art pop music production, the Charlie Parker tribute "Birdland" sets the tone for the rest of the recording. Less experimental and more listener friendly than earlier Weather Report recordings, Heavy Weathermade the band fusion superstars. It also signaled the new status of the band's most recent arrival, Jaco Pastorious, whose highly melodic and technically precise bass work quickly became Weather Report trademarks. Pastorious's fretless bass, in effect, stood alongside Joe Zawinul's keyboards and Wayne Shorter's saxophones as an equal instrumental voice. The bassist, with his considerable journeyman experience, also brought a gripping funk and rock groove to the band. "Birdland" may be the album's signature performance, but "Teen Town," "The Juggler," and the reflective ballad "A Remark You Made" are knockout tracks as well.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/1997
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646510827
catalogNumber: 65108
Rank: 454

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Weather Report   Primary Artist
Jaco Pastorius   Bass,Mandolin,Drums,Vocals,Steel Drums,Mandocello
Wayne Shorter   Soprano,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Alex Acuña   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Tom-Tom,Hand Clapping
Joe Zawinul   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Mellophonium,Tabla,Vocals,Melodica,Performing Ensemble,fender rhodes,oberheim,Arp 2600
Manolo Badrena   Percussion,Conga,Tambourine,Timbales,Vocals
Tom Oberheim   Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Bob Belden   Producer,Reissue Producer
Jaco Pastorius   Composer,Producer
Steven Berkowitz   Director,Reissue,Reissue Series
Joe Zawinul   Composer,Producer,Orchestration
Kevin Gore   Director,Reissue,Reissue Series
Jerry Hudgins   Engineer
Ron Malo   Engineer
John Ephland   Liner Notes
Seth Rothstein   Director
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Brian Risner   Engineer
Randall Martin   Reissue Design
Lou Beach   Illustrations
Nicholas Bennett   Packaging Manager
Alejandro Neciosup Acuña   Composer

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