534. Weather Report

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The critically acclaimed Jazz “supergroup” receives credit for being one of the most important (some have called them the most important) Jazz Fusion group in history. Like many such designations the label is a debatable one, though it is virtually impossible to belittle their influence on the subgenre they helped to pioneer. With the legendary Miles Davis already in the Hall, the often raised question is which offshoot or disciple of his will get in next. Weather Report is not an impossible candidate.




The Bullet Points:


Eligible Since:



Country of Origin:

U.S.A. (New York City)


Nominated In:



NIHOF’s Favorite Album:

Heavy Weather (1977)


NIHOF’s Favorite Song:

Birdland (From Heavy Weather, 1977)

Should Weather Report be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 25%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 18.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 12.5%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 43.8%
Last modified on Sunday, 05 June 2022 23:52
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+3 #2 Darryl Tahirali 2013-03-12 10:12
Black Market is one of Weather Report's stronger efforts; "Gibraltar," "Barbary Coast," and the title track are my favorites from the album, which found the band continuing to sound slicker and more polished in a definitely groove-orien ted manner. Heavy Weather built on Black Market's formula, which moved the band away from its earlier, leaner jazz attack and toward the electric-fus ion style introduced with Sweetnighter (which still has one of my favorite WR tracks, "125th Street Congress").

I Sing the Body Electric, Mysterious Traveller, and Heavy Weather are the key WR albums, but I don't think the band ever cut a bad album--some formulaic ones, perhaps (Night Passage, the 1982 Weather Report set, its second eponymous album--not a good sign creatively), but every release had its highlights.

A Hall of Fame act? Perhaps, although the band is caught in the middle: Of all the fusion groups, it remained closest to jazz--it never employed a full-time electric guitarist, for instance, although Jaco Pastorius's funk-rock bass could be a substitute-- which makes it harder to justify the "rock" element even though it was the most durable and creative of the lot. However, I suspect the Mahavishnu Orchestra or Return to Forever would be more attractive to rock voters because of their guitar-domin ant approach.
+3 #1 michaeljamesca -0001-11-30 00:00
The Album "Black Market" ..... Listen to it..... Its timeless. Great!!

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