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Weather Report: “1” (1971)

Weather Report emerged thanks in large part to the late-60’s music of Miles Davis, particularly Bitches Brew. It was on that session (and In A Silent Way) that the band’s cofounders – Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter – first collaborated.

Soon after, the first iteration of Weather Report came together, anchored by bassist Miroslav Vitous.

Here’s the band in 1971, performing a highly improvised piece, which starts out just right – with Vitous’ bass (which looks awfully tiny in his hands). Hard to believe this is over 40 years old.