Weather Report

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Heavy Weather

One of the most critically acclaimed but also commercially successful of all fusion albums, this classic combination of Joe Zawinul’s colourful synthesizers, Wayne Shorter’s minimalist tenor and soprano, and Jaco Pastorius’ popping and singing fretless electric bass is as uplifting as it is unforgettable. Zawinul’s complex arrangements never allow for a dull moment, and there are some wonderful tunes and atmospheres; the highlight is the beautiful ballad ‘A Remark You Made’, on which Zawinul plays a dazzling, rainbow-like synth solo at the end.