Weather Report: Barbary Coast
Black Market (Columbia)
Chester Thompson, Narada Michael Walden (drums), Don Alias (percussion).
Composed by Jaco Pastorius.
Recorded: December 1975-January 1976
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
From the opening sounds of a train, this song grabs you with its undeniable funk. Recorded after several rewrites, this was the first song newcomer Jaco Pastorius composed for Weather Report. It's definitely not complex, but that doesn't matter because Pastorius's bassline is so dirty that even the hearing-impaired will be bobbing their heads. I would have liked some extended solos, but the group does such a good job at grooving over a Db7 chord that I quickly forget that idea. Not the best song ever from this group, but it came when the band was evolving, and shows how fast Jaco appeared out of nowhere to change electric bass playing forever.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley