Weather Report: 125th Street Congress
125th Street Congress
Andrew White (electric bass), Eric Gravatt (drums), Muruga Booker (percussion).
Composed by Joe Zawinul.
Recorded: February 3-7, 1973
Rating: 84/100 (learn more)
With the bass chair in limbo during the recording of Sweetnighter, Andrew White fills in on this hand drum- driven funk piece, maintaining the groove with great time and feeling over Eric Gravatt's driving drumbeat. Though the song clocks in at over 12 minutes, it still delivers. Wayne Shorter wails in the high range of the soprano sax, as Zawinul sits back and does what he does best: laying down funk on the Fender Rhodes. Muruga Booker helps accelerate the groove as well with the tambourine. This song represents the band at a time when a listener could readily tell which direction they were heading, that being funk.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley