Weather Report: Elegant People


Elegant People


Weather Report


Black Market (Columbia PC 34099)

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Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Joe Zawinul (electric piano), Alphonso Johnson (electric bass), Chester Thompson (drums).

Recorded: Hollywood, Decmber 19, 1975


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Weather Report was reaching the height of its popularity in 1976 when the group released Black Market. On a series of tightly arranged originals that allowed ample room for solos over driving, often open-ended funk beats, the band defined the sound that made them one of the most influential groups of '70s. Wayne Shorter’s distinct influence shines through every aspect of "Elegant People," from the phased, haunting intro to his patient solo over a series of shifting grooves and electronic effects. The intricate arrangement is threaded together by his burnished, vibratoless tone, building incrementally with the saxophonist’s carefully calibrated statements.

Reviewer: Matt Miller

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