One of the major highlights for me at the 2015 NAMM Show was finally getting the chance to meet the great Alphonso Johnson. Alphonso deserves way more credit than I think he gets – in my opinion and many others.
Going back through the wealth of music he’s been a part of just offers up more proof, including this 1975 performance with Weather Report in Berlin.
Jaco was not Weather Report’s first bassist, of course. But he also wasn’t Weather Report’s first fretless bassist.
In this clip, the band performs “Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz” and “Mysterious Traveller” (one of my all-time favorite Weather Report tunes).