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Columbia Releases “Weather Report: The Complete Columbia Albums 1971-1975”
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Columbia Releases “Weather Report: The Complete Columbia Albums 1971-1975”

Columbia Records “Complete” box set series rolls on this summer with the introduction of another Weather Report-focused release. Weather Report: The Complete Columbia Albums 1971-1975 kicks off with the legendary group’s original line up, anchored by bassist Miroslav Vitous, and ends up the group’s second incarnation, with bassist Alphonso Johnson. The set packages together remastered versions of Weather Report’s first...

Columbia Releases Weather Report: The Columbia Albums 1976-1982
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Columbia Releases Weather Report: The Columbia Albums 1976-1982

In 1976, a relatively unknown bassist by the name of Jaco Pastorius joined Weather Report as a full-time member – an event that brought unprecedented commercial success to the six year old band. Jaco’s impact wasn’t limited to Weather Report either. It was during this same year his solo album debuted – an album which redefined the electric bass in...

Weather Report: “1” (1971)
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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,...

Weather Report: Badia, Live (1976)
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Weather Report: Badia, Live (1976)

Here’s Weather Report, soon after Jaco Pastorius joined the band, performing “Badia” live in 1976. This performance was recorded live on July 8, 1976, at the Montreux Casino in Switzerland. Jaco’s tone is like butter. Weather Report’s line up for this performance included Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco, Alex Acuna, and Manolo Badrena. Hard to believe this is 36 years...

Weather Report: Young and Fine, Live (1978)
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Weather Report: Young and Fine, Live (1978)

Here’s my favorite Weather Report line-up, performing live at a live concert in Offenbach, Germany on September 29, 1978. Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius and Peter Erskine doing what the band always seemed to be able to with perfection. Or as Zawinul described it, “everybody solos and nobody solos”. Jaco does it all here – the slides, the funk,...

Unreleased Weather Report with Jaco Pastorius: “A Remark You Made”, Live (1978)
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Unreleased Weather Report with Jaco Pastorius: “A Remark You Made”, Live (1978)

Here’s another unearthed gem from Weather Report’s live performances in 1978, with one of the greatest line-ups in the band’s history: Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius and Peter Erskine. In this video, the group performs the beautiful Zawinul tune, “A Remark You Made”, which was quite the showcase for Jaco’s fretless sound, playing off of Shorter’s sax. As we...

Weather Report Celebrates 40 Years with “Live in Berlin 1975”
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Weather Report Celebrates 40 Years with “Live in Berlin 1975”

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of Weather Report, by Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter. To help celebrate, the Zawinul estate is releasing Weather Report: Live in Berlin 1975, a comprehensive box set featuring the group’s performance at 1975 Jazzstage Berlin. The CD/DVD set features Weather Report’s 1975 line-up, with Alphonso Johnson on bass, drummer Chester Thompson...

Weather Report: Live in Hamburg 1971 DVD Released
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Weather Report: Live in Hamburg 1971 DVD Released

A 1971 performance of Weather Report, originally broadcast on the German TV show “Beat Club” has made its way to DVD. Released this week, Weather Report: Live in Hamburg 1971 features the early line-up of the group including bassist Miroslav Vitous, co-founding members Joe Zawinul (keyboards) and Wayne Shorter (sax), with Alphonse Mouzon on drums an Dom Um Romao on...

Weather Report Live in 1971
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Weather Report Live in 1971

Yesterday, we featured a video from Joe Zawinul’s later years. Today, we go back 38+ years, to a Weather Report video shot in 1971. This performance took place at the NDR Jazz Workshop, with Zawinul on keys, Miroslav Vitous on bass, Wayne Shorter on sax, Alphonse Mouzon on drums, Dom Um Romao on percussion, Eje Thelin on trombone, John Surman...

Christian McBride: Boogie Woogie Waltz
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Christian McBride: Boogie Woogie Waltz

Here’s Christian McBride performing his version of the Weather Report tune “Boogie Woogie Waltz”. McBride said Weather Report used to close their shows with this tune, before “Birdland”. You can hear this tune and others on McBride’s album.

Metropole Orchestra with Victor Bailey & Peter Erskine: Nubian Sundance
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Metropole Orchestra with Victor Bailey & Peter Erskine: Nubian Sundance

Here’s the Metropole Orchestra performing “Nubian Sundance”, in a tribute concert to Joe Zawinul. Joining the orchestra are former Weather Report members, Victor Bailey on bass, Peter Erskine on drums and Alex Acuna on percussion. This isn’t our typical bass showcase video, but I couldn’t pass it up. Bailey does play some pretty sweet stuff during the performance, and Erskine...

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One Spirit & Frans Vollink: Go For It

We recently got our hands on Go For It, the latest release by bassist Frans Vollink and his trio, One Spirit. One Spirit is a high powered jazz/fusion trio and brain-child of Vollink and drummer Sebastiaan Cornelissen, with Flying Dutchman guitarist Richard Hallenbeek joining as a new permanent member. Go For It released in April, 2009, and features guest appearances...