Weather Report: Man In The Green Shirt


Man In The Green Shirt


Weather Report


Tale Spinnin' (Columbia)

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Joe Zawinul (keyboards, synthesizer), Wayne Shorter (soprano sax), Alphonso Johnson (electric bass),

Leon “Ndugu” Chancler (drums), Alyrio Lima (percussion)


Composed by Josef Zawinul


Recorded: February-April 1975


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

Josef Zawinul composed the perfect tune for Tale Spinnin'. "Man in the Green Shirt" is a progressive masterpiece with powerful textures and melodic overtones. Though Tale Spinnin' would mark some of Alphonso Johnson's last appearances with the band, he holds his own. The album contains other strong tracks, but this one truly represents the beauty of Weather Report. With an exceptional A section followed by a great jam section over an Esus7 chord, the C section contains nothing but triads over fourths, and provides the perfect connection back to the head. In my opinion, this is the best song the band ever recorded.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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