Weather Report: Black Market
Black Market (Columbia)
Chester Thompson (drums), Don Alias (congas, percussion).
Composed by Joe Zawinul.
Recorded: December 1975-January 1976
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
With Black Market, Weather Report broke new ground unlike any fusion band from the 1970s. All the elements are present in this song: funk, pounding drums and percussion, and genius writing, both harmonically and melodically. Joe Zawinul's wah-wah Rhodes and ARP synthesizer penetrate the sound spectrum and, coupled with Johnson's nasty bassline, proves why no band in jazz or pop music could match the power of Weather Report. This album marked the band's path for the rest of the decade, and stands as a huge testament as to why they were hands down the best at the fusion game.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley