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  • Unreleased Weather Report with Jaco Pastorius: “Young And Fine”, Live (1978)

    Unreleased Weather Report with Jaco Pastorius: “Young And Fine”, Live (1978)

    Just in time for Jaco Pastorius’s birthday today, Rick Suchow has shared another great video. This one, like others we’ve shared before, was recorded during Weather Report’s 1978 show in Reading, PA. The video was shot by Peter Erskine’s father, Dr. Fred Erskine and mixed with the audio feed from Brian Risner’s soundboard mix. “The... »

  • Weather Report with Victor Bailey: D Flat Waltz, Live in Japan (1985)

    Weather Report with Victor Bailey: D Flat Waltz, Live in Japan (1985)

    Our thoughts are with Victor Bailey as he struggles with serious health issues. Yesterday, Wayne Shorter shared a video of Weather Report performing in Japan in 1985. This particular clip of “D Flat Waltz” really took me back to a time spinning vinyl and admiring Victor’s work as a teenager. And it wasn’t just his... »

  • Bass Transcription: Jaco Pastorius’s Bass Line on Weather Report’s “Night Passage”

    Bass Transcription: Jaco Pastorius’s Bass Line on Weather Report’s “Night Passage”

    Today we will be tackling Jaco Pastorius’s bass line on the title track from Weather Report’s 1980 album, Night Passage. This is one of the best Weather Report albums. To me, it always sounds fresh and modern, like a timeless record. The group also includes drummer Peter Erskine and percussionist Robert Thomas Jr, who sound... »

  • Miroslav Vitous Returns to Weather Report’s Music with New Album

    Miroslav Vitous Returns to Weather Report’s Music with New Album

    Weather Report founding bassist Miroslav Vitous is revisiting his old band’s work on his latest album, Music of Weather Report. Czech bassist Vitous assembled a sextet to play the music of the famed fusion band, which he left in 1973. (His replacement was Alfonso Johnson, who was in turn, replaced by Jaco Pastorius). The result... »

  • Unreleased Live Material from Weather Report’s Jaco Years Gets Release

    Unreleased Live Material from Weather Report’s Jaco Years Gets Release

    Jaco Pastorius and Weather Report fans have an early present this holiday season — Weather Report –The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978-1981. The previously unreleased tapes, sourced from the jazz-rock-fusion band’s soundboard recordings and from bootleg recordings, are arranged so that they reflect key performances, rather than the band’s typical set lists of the era, which... »

  • Weather Report’s “Sweetnighter” Gets Limited-Edition Vinyl Release

    Weather Report’s “Sweetnighter” Gets Limited-Edition Vinyl Release

    Weather Report’s 1973 album, Sweetnighter, has been released in a 180-gram vinyl audiophile limited edition. The record, the legendary jazz fusion group’s fourth, features two bassists — founding bassist Miroslav Vitous (who handles both acoustic and electric bass here, on what would be his last album as the group’s principal bassist) and multi-instrumentalist Andrew White... »

  • Unreleased Weather Report with Jaco Pastorius: “Scarlet Woman”, Live (1978)

    Unreleased Weather Report with Jaco Pastorius: “Scarlet Woman”, Live (1978)

    We have another video from the 1978 performances by Weather Report in Pennsylvania, thanks to Rick Suchow. This is “Scarlet Woman”, which features one of the greatest lineups ever: Jaco Pastorius, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter and Peter Erskine. As we mentioned in the videos we’ve shared in the past from this show (“A Remark You... »

  • Weather Report with Alphonso Johnson: Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz and Mysterious Traveller (Live, 1975)

    Weather Report with Alphonso Johnson: Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz and Mysterious Traveller (Live, 1975)

    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... »

  • Weather Report: Finale At Reading (1978)

    Weather Report: Finale At Reading (1978)

    Over the years, we’ve been treated to some videos of Weather Report’s 1978 performance in Reading and Washington, Pennsylvania. These videos, shared by Rick Suchow, were filmed by Dr. Fred Erskine, the father of drummer Peter Erskine. As Rick shared previously, “The sound came direct from the front-of-house mix board, engineered by Brian Risner, and... »

  • Weather Report: Barbary Coast (1976)

    Weather Report: Barbary Coast (1976)

    When Jaco Pastorius joined Weather Report, they were close to finishing Black Market, which had been recorded up to that point by bassist Alphonso Johnson. Jaco played on two tracks on that album, which included one of his own compositions, “Barbary Coast”. Here’s a live performance early on in Jaco’s tenure with the band, performing... »