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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 that tune at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on July 8, 1976.

I love how they jump into a version of “Come On, Come Over” around the 2:30 mark too.

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    It’s not the cameraman calling the shots guys. If it was recorded as a live performance it was the director telling the cameraman where to get the shots. If it was recorded individually in each camera ultimately it was the Producer and/or Editor of the video (film) who was trying to be artsy which was typical in the late 70’s (pre MTV). Sorry to be so technical but I’m a video guy (and bassist too). If the focus was off then scream all you want at the camera guys LOL!

    Paul Zmolek

    The sax player is Wayne Shorter, who had quite an impressive resume with Art Blakey and Miles Davis prior to becoming a founding member of Weather Report. The New York Times has described Shorter as “probably jazz’s greatest living small-group composer and a contender for greatest living improviser.”

    What amazes me is that whoever uploaded this video labeled it “Weather Report & Jaco Pastorius” – as if he wasn’t a member of the band at the time.

George Neidorf

props to manolo badrena, percussionist, keeping the pots boiling.