Weather Report – Weather Report – 1971 Album

Weather Report – Weather Report – 1971 Album

      Originally released in May 1971, Weather Report – 1971 Album was the debut album by the group of the same name. The album was reissued by Columbia Records in 1992. The album was digitally remastered by Vic Anesini in November 1991 at Sony Music Studios in New York City, and then released again under the Sony International label. The style of music on this album can be described as avant-garde jazz with electric instruments. It continues the style of Miles Davis album Bitches Brew (on which Zawinul and Shorter played) but in a more ambient setting.

      AMG review: Here we have the free-floating, abstract beginnings of Weather Report, which would define the state of the electronic jazz/rock art from its first note almost to its last. Their first album is a direct extension of the Miles Davis In a Silent Way/Bitches Brew period, more fluid in sound and more volatile in interplay. Joe Zawinul ruminates in a delicate, liquid manner on Rhodes electric piano; at this early stage, he used a ring modulator to create weird synthesizer-like effects. Wayne Shorter’s soprano sax shines like a beacon amidst the swirling ensemble work of co-founding bassist Miroslav Vitous, percussionist Airto Moreira, and drummer Alphonse Mouzon. Zawinul’s most memorable theme is “Orange Lady” (previously recorded, though uncredited, by Davis on Big Fun), while Shorter scores on “Tears” and “Eurydice.” One of the most impressive debuts of all time by a jazz group.


Weather Report – 1971 Album Tracklist

  1.  “Milky Way” (Shorter, Zawinul) — 2:33
  2.  “Umbrellas” (Shorter, Vitous, Zawinul) — 3:27
  3.  “Seventh Arrow” (Vitous) — 5:23
  4.  “Orange Lady” (Zawinul) — 8:44
  5.  “Morning Lake” (Vitous) — 4:26
  6.  “Waterfall” (Zawinul) — 6:20
  7.  “Tears” (Shorter) — 3:25
  8.  “Eurydice” (Shorter) — 5:45


  • Joe Zawinul – Electric and acoustic piano
  • Wayne Shorter – Soprano saxophone
  • Miroslav Vitouš – Electric and acoustic bass
  • Alphonse Mouzon – Drums, voice
  • Airto Moreira – Percussion.

Weather Report - 1971 Album

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