Weather Report: Cucumber Slumber
Mysterious Traveller (Columbia)
Ishmael Wilburn (drums), Ray Barretto (percussion).
Composed by Alphonso Johnson & Joe Zawinul.
Recorded: February-May 1974
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
Man, could Alphonso Johnson play the bass! He gives this song its entire base with a funk line that would have made the Godfather of Soul Mr. James Brown himself proud. Zawinul provides his usual tasteful comping on the Rhodes as Shorter plays a warm solo on soprano sax, mainly in the upper register. Though Weather Report sold more albums and gained more popularity following Alphonso Johnson's departure, this album stands as one of the band's most enduring releases, with solid funk grooves and exceptional songwriting.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley