Forecast: Tomorrow (W/Dvd)
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 14.99 x 26.16 x 2.54 cm; 544.31 g
- メーカー : Sony
- EAN : 0828768557020
- 商品モデル番号 : 0828768557020
- オリジナル盤発売日 : 2006
- レーベル : Sony
- ASIN : B000HEWGPG
- ディスク枚数 : 4
From 1970 to 1985, the jazz-fusion ensemble known as Weather Report reigned supreme as one the most distinguished and indefinable ensembles of the 20th century, and saxophonist Wayne Shorter and keyboardist Joe Zawinul were the cofounders of this ever-changing group. This superb, three-CD, 37-track collection features the band's incredible cast of musicians: drummers Peter Erksine and Alphonse Mouzon; percussionists Airto Moreira, Alex Acuna, and the late Don Alias; bassists Miroslav Vitous, Alphonso Johnson, and the incredible Jaco Pastorius. The roots of their sound are heard in Zawinul's "In A Silent Way," and their greatest hits--from "A Remark You Made" and an unreleased version of "Nubian Sundance" to their 1976 mega-hit, "Birdland," are included here, along with the lesser known classic, "Indiscretions," a DJ Logic, hip-hop remix of "125th Street Congress," and a sizzling, two-hour DVD concert from Germany in filmed in 1978. This set is a powerful primer to their "folk music of the future." --Eugene Holley Jr.
Led by Miles Davis alumni Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter, Weather Report incorporated elements of electronic, rock and world music into jazz motifs. This 3-CD set covers their entire 15-year (1970-1985) career with 37 tracks, highlighted by favorites like In a Silent Way; Super Nova; Milky Way; Birdland; Havona; Eurydice (Full Version) and more, plus unreleased tracks. And the DVD offers two full hours of live Weather Report in their prime, performing with Jaco Pastorius on bass and Peter Erskine on drums. The forecast is very, very good!
The inclusion of music made by Joe and Wayne before Weather Report takes up space when a mention in the booklet would have sufficed. Most fans have at least heard their work with Miles Davis and the two other tunes are still in print. Isn't there an unreleased Blue Note album with Shorter as leader with Zawinul and Vitous in attendance? If so, will it ever see the light of day?
Long time fans will welcome the previously unreleased versions of `Eurydice' (lovely) and `Directions' (choppy) but the remix of `125th Street Congress' (included perhaps to support Zawinul's claim that he invented hip hop) sounds more dated than the original and certainly has less invention.
The DVD brought back some great memories of their shows, for instance their seamless and surprising blending of styles, sounds and rhythms. There are also reminders of things best forgotten i.e. the sight of Shorter shaking a set of bells when I'd bought a ticket to hear the man play sax. The picture quality of the video is a bit muddy, but the tracks it has in common with the 8.30 album all sound better here. The tunes from `Mr Gone', the record they were touring, are given more punch than in the studio. It is good to hear Wayne cutting loose a bit on `Young and Fine' and Erskine plays a blinder throughout. Zawinul's playing is evocative and adds lush exotica to the quartets sound. Some of his stunts and set pieces have aged badly however; he wasn't to know that his radical keyboard sounds would be the factory pre-sets of the future so his occasional flourishes on piano come as a relief from some of the whizzing and banging. Pastorious does his thing in each tune.
The actual box has a striking photo an image that says everything and nothing. The booklet is fun if not profound; it contains mistakes but reads like a long enjoyable concert programme. Shorter's comments on his music are revealing whilst Erskine and the unsung Bailey, Johnson and Vitous give some idea of how the band worked. Zawinul tends to speak in superlatives so in the end he offers little real insight. The `stunning photos' tell their own story. The challenge that pre-Pastorious Weather Report presented to CBS marketing department can be seen. Zawinul bald, moustache, open shirt and with his hairy chest looked like a closet medallion man and Shorter had the CV but not the bearing of a jazz legend. Pastorious gave the band a selling point visually and musically they had lacked before and coupled with their `hit' they had a way into the mass market for better or worse.
As a long time fan of the band you know you want this box set because you have waited so long for it to arrive, you will need to hear the unreleased stuff and you have to own the video so you can set your volume at 11 sit back and be transported back to all those nights at the Rainbow or the Hammersmith Odeon in the 70s. CBS must love us anoraks we will buy things we already own just to here the odd gem thrown in as a bonus..