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Weather Report

Inception and formation

Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter first met and became friends in 1959 while they were playing in Maynard Ferguson’s Big Band. Zawinul went on to play with Cannonball Adderley’s group in the 1960s, while Shorter joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and then, in 1964, Miles Davis’ second great quintet. During this decade, both men made names for themselves as being among the best composers in jazz.

Zawinul would later join Shorter in contributing to the initial fusion music recordings of Miles Davis, and both men were part of the studio groups, which recorded the key Davis albums In a Silent Way (1969) and Bitches Brew (1970). In consequence, Weather Report has often been seen as a spin-off from the Miles Davis bands of the late 1960s and early 1970s, although Zawinul was never part of Davis’s touring line-up. Weather Report was initially formed in order to explore a more impressionistic and individualistic music (or, as Zawinul put it, “away from all that eight bars shit and then you go to the bridge…”)

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Albums

The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978-1981
The Legendary Live...
Columbia Records
2016
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Weather Report: The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981
Weather Report: The...
Legacy Recordings
2015
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[no cover]
The Columbia Albums...
MIG
2012
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[no cover]
Live In Cologne 1983
MIG
2011
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[no cover]
Live In Offenbach 1978
MIG
2011
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[no cover]
Live In Berlin 1975
MIG
2011
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