Weather Report 8:30

VA - Mysterious Voyages: A Tribute To Weather Report (2005) 2CDs

VA - Mysterious Voyages: A Tribute To Weather Report (2005) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 913 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 356 Mb | Scans included | 02:32:35
Fusion, Post-Bop, Jazz-Rock, Contemporary Jazz | Label: ESC | # ESC 03692-2

This double-CD has 24 different groups of fusion musicians (including some from Europe) paying tribute to Weather Report. Despite the personnel and often the instrumentation changing from track to track, there is a unity to the project and many of the bands sound quite a bit like Weather Report, either purposely as part of the tribute or naturally. The programming is somewhat random and the bands bring back the sound, grooves, and spirits of Weather Report rather than necessarily always sticking to their compositions. All in all, this is a heartfelt and very well-played tribute that can also serve as an introduction to a cross-section of some of today's top fusion musicians, many of whom are not household names yet.

Weather Report - 8:30 (1979) [Remastered 1994]  Music

Posted by Designol at Oct. 5, 2017
Weather Report - 8:30 (1979) [Remastered 1994]

Weather Report - 8:30 (1979) [Remastered 1994]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 467 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 197 Mb | Scans included
Jazz Fusion | Label: Columbia, Legacy | # CK 57665 | Time: 01:11:35

Weather Report is generally regarded as the greatest jazz fusion band of all time, with the biggest jazz hit ("Birdland") from the best jazz fusion album (1977's Heavy Weather). But the group's studio mastery sometimes overshadows the fact that it was also a live juggernaut – so don't overlook the outstanding live and studio album from 1979, 8:30. This was a rare quartet version of Weather Report, with co-leaders in keyboardist Joe Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter. The bassist was the inimitable Jaco Pastorius, the drummer a young Peter Erskine. Pastorius is otherworldly on early gems like "Black Market," the breakneck "Teen Town," and his solo showcase, "Slang" (in which he quotes Jimi Hendrix's "Third Stone from the Sun"). Shorter is most involved on the CD's slower pieces like "A Remark You Made," "In a Silent Way," and his own solo piece, "Thanks for the Memory"; Zawinul and Erskine shine on the swinging version of "Birdland" and roller coaster ride of the "Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz" medley. Four studio tracks (composing what was side four of the original album version) close 8:30 with a flourish – and some surprises.
Miroslav Vitous Group W/ Michel Portal - Remembering Weather Report (2009) (Repost)

Miroslav Vitous Group W/ Michel Portal - Remembering Weather Report (2009)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) ~ 279.08 Mb | 48:02 | Cover
Post-Bop | Label: ECM Records ‎– ECM 2073

On the surface, Remembering Weather Report possesses little in common with the fusion supergroup that Czech bassist Miroslav Vitous co-founded in the early '70s with keyboardist Joe Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, before being summarily removed on the cusp of greater commercial success. Weather Report was a decidedly electric group; Vitous' is unapologetically acoustic, and doesn't really resemble, musically, early albums including WR's remarkable self-titled, 1971 debut and '72 follow-up, I Sing the Body Electric, both on Columbia. But scratch beneath the surface and there's an intrepid spirit there that pays greater homage than more direct tributes.
Weather Report - Heavy Weather (1977) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2017] Audio CD Layer

Weather Report - Heavy Weather (1977)
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, 2017
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 234 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 96 Mb | Scans included
Jazz Fusion | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ 258 | Time: 00:37:52

Weather Report's biggest-selling album is that ideal thing, a popular and artistic success – and for the same reasons. For one thing, Joe Zawinul revealed an unexpectedly potent commercial streak for the first time since his Cannonball Adderley days, contributing what has become a perennial hit, "Birdland." Indeed, "Birdland" is a remarkable bit of record-making, a unified, ever-developing piece of music that evokes, without in any way imitating, a joyous evening on 52nd St. with a big band. The other factor is the full emergence of Jaco Pastorius as a co-leader; his dancing, staccato bass lifting itself out of the bass range as a third melodic voice, completely dominating his own ingenious "Teen Town" (where he also plays drums!). By now, Zawinul has become WR's de facto commander in the studio; his colorful synthesizers dictate the textures, his conceptions are carefully planned, with little of the freewheeling improvisation of only five years before. Wayne Shorter's saxophones are now reticent, if always eloquent, beams of light in Zawinul's general scheme while Alex Acuña shifts ably over to the drums and Manolo Badrena handles the percussion.
Weather Report - Tale Spinnin' (1975) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2016] Audio CD Layer

Weather Report - Tale Spinnin' (1975) Mastered by Kevin Gray, 2016
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 271 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 114 Mb | Scans included
Jazz Fusion | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ 248 | Time: 00:43:13

Recorded in early 1975, Tale Spinnin', Weather Report's fifth studio album is filled with sunny textures of Latin and African flavors. During the '60s and early '70s Weather Report began to move towards a more cosmopolitan groove, and a melding of song with jazz in new and refreshing ways. The recording stands with anything recorded during the so-called "jazz-rock fusion" era, if only on the basis of the range of fresh, intriguing originals by the band's co-founders and principle composers, the keyboardist Joe Zawinul and the saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Zawinul's pioneering interest in what we now call world music is more in evidence with the exotic percussion, wordless vocals, and sandy sound effects of "Badia," and his synthesizer sophistication is growing along with the available technology. Wayne Shorter's work on soprano sax is more animated than on their previous albums and Alphonso Johnson puts his melodic bass more to the fore.
Miroslav Vitous - Music Of Weather Report (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Miroslav Vitouš - Music Of Weather Report (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 52:47 minutes | 1,07 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The great Czech bassist Miroslav Vitouš returns once more to the music of Weather Report, the group he cofounded with Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter in 1970. Vitouš and his band revisit well known Weather Report repertoire including Birdland, Seventh Arrow, Scarlet Woman and Morning Lake along with Acrobat’s Issues, a piece which the first Weather Report lineup played but never record. Interspersed along the way are recent blues tunes from Vitouš’s pen. The band, driven by the astounding double drumming of Gerald Cleaver and Nasheet Waits, is energetic and daring, juxtaposing time playing and rhythmically free pulses, with Vitouš’s arco bass playing sometimes sounding like a third horn in between the two saxophones.
Weather Report – I Sing The Body Electric (1972) Columbia/KC 31352 – Original US Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Weather Report – I Sing The Body Electric
Vinyl | LP Cover (1:1) | FLAC + cue | 24bit/96kHz & 16bit/44kHz | 900mb & 200mb
Label: Columbia/KC 31352 | Released: 1972 | Genre: Jazz-Rock

Essential: a masterpiece of rock music
Free Form Jazz Fusion at its Best
Weather Report’s I Sing the Body Electric is an album that I’ve only recently been able to handle and appreciate. It’s extremely free form, pulling in sounds ranging from low spoken murmurs to more classic jazz soloing to strange atonal feedback. The album is custom made for lying back with headphones, as the mix is very open and airy. I feel like I’m floating in a spacy dream. The tonality will slide from pleasant melodic major phrases to chaos almost seamlessly, tricking you into thinking there was planned structure for just a moment and then flying off again into the stratosphere.
The Exo-Weather Report: Exploring Diverse Atmospheric Phenomena Around the Universe (repost)

David S. Stevenson, "The Exo-Weather Report: Exploring Diverse Atmospheric Phenomena Around the Universe"
English | ISBN: 3319256777 | 2016 | 468 pages | PDF | 12 MB

Weather Report - This Is This (1986)  Music

Posted by v3122 at March 24, 2017
Weather Report - This Is This (1986)

Weather Report - This Is This (1986)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
1997 | Sony Music, SRCS 9155 | Japan | ~ 298 or 109 Mb | Scans(png) -> 25 Mb
Pop, Jazz, Fusion

Or shall we say, that is that, the final album by a group called Weather Report, now captained and guided by Josef Zawinul. The photo of Zawinul and Wayne Shorter shaking hands on the back cover of the LP is definitely a farewell gesture, for Shorter turns up on only three of the eight cuts (having left the band while this record was being made), and the record's world-music slant gives it a closer kinship with Zawinul's subsequent albums than with WR's earlier output…

Weather Report - Tale Spinnin' (1975/2016) [SACD ISO+HiRes FLAC]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by tiburon at Jan. 23, 2017
Weather Report - Tale Spinnin' (1975/2016) [SACD ISO+HiRes FLAC]

Weather Report - Tale Spinnin' (1975/2016)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 >1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Full Scans 300dpi | 688MB + 5% Recovery
FLAC 2.0 24bit/88.2 kHz | Full Scans 300dpi | 851MB + 5% Recovery

Weather Report's ever-changing lineup shifts again, with the somewhat heavier funk-oriented Leon "Ndugu" Chancler dropping into the drummer's chair and Alyrio Lima taking over the percussion table. As a result, Tale Spinnin' has a weightier feel than Mysterious Traveller, while continuing the latter's explorations in Latin-spiced electric jazz/funk. Zawinul's pioneering interest in what we now call world music is more in evidence with the African percussion, wordless vocals, and sandy sound effects of "Badia," and his synthesizer sophistication is growing along with the available technology. Wayne Shorter's work on soprano sax is more animated than on the previous two albums and Alphonso Johnson puts his melodic bass more to the fore. While not quite as inventive as its two predecessors, this remains an absorbing extension of WR's mid-'70s direction.