Saturday 11 July 2015

Weather Report - Heavy Weather (1977)

The seventh album from this US band. 

Weather Report is one of the masters of the fusion genre. They too grew out of Miles Davis famous Bitches Brew sessions. 

I really loved their previous album Black Market which I rate as one of the best ever fusion albums. So I was looking forward to this album.

Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul is still very much present here. So is Jaco Pastorius too. Manolo Badrena and Alejandro Acuna completes the group. 

The material here is very melodic and simplistic. Some of the melodies here has been played on TV as soundtracks and fillers on a regular basis. The music is very commercial at times. What is missing here is the intensity and playful interactions between Shorter and Zawinul. They are by all means great here. I wish this album was a bit more dynamic and full of life. 

Nevertheless; this is a very good album with some really great melodies. Melodies that has gone into folklore and has become timeless. Hence my rating.

3.5 points 

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