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.