YMMV / Weather Report

  • Awesome Music: This band is proof that jazz fusion isn't all noodling.
    • "Havona", the final track on Heavy Weather, is the ultimate piece of evidence in favour of jazz fusion as a genre. It couldn't have been realised in any other format (exploiting as it does on the sonorities of Zawinul's keyboards and Pastorius's bass) but besides being a beautiful tune, it's an amazing showcase for the players, giving solo space to everyone except drummer Alex Acuna, and that's only because he basically solos the entire way through the track as well as keeping the beat. It's also one of the best arguments for Pastorius as a composer.
  • Epic Riff: Jaco Pastorius' basslines; "Barbary Coast" has a particularly good one.
  • Face of the Band: Jaco Pastorius is the band's best-known member, though Joe Zawinul was the leader.
  • First Installment Wins: At least according to Allmusic. The site recommends the band's first album as its "Album Pick" over the later more popular albums after Jaco Pastorius joined.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: Some fans don't like the more accessible direction the band went in later in the '70s.
  • Signature Song: "Birdland".
  • Tear Jerker: Everything about Jaco Pastorius' mental illness and death.


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