Weather Report: Cannon Ball
Black Market (Columbia)
Chester Thompson, Narada Michael Walden (drums), Don Alias (percussion).
Composed by Joe Zawinul.
Recorded: December 1975-January 1976
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
This song, which Joe Zawinul wrote for his former bandleader Cannonball Adderley, marks Jaco Pastorius's first recorded appearance with Weather Report. Harmonically the song is powerful, and Zawinul's synthesized melody lines nicely fit the overall tone, providing the warmth Zawinul no doubt intended. While Shorter doesn't get in on the action until the song builds at the end, he nevertheless contributes a memorable solo. Pastorius also provides moments of brilliance showing why he would go on to change the way the electric bass was played.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley