Weather Report: Mysterious Traveller
Mysterious Traveller (Columbia)
Skip Hadden (drums), Dom Um Romão (percussion).
Composed by Wayne Shorter.
Recorded: February-May 1974
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
This Wayne Shorter tune displays his compositional ability to adapt to most styles of music. After three meter changes between the head and the chorus, Weather Report gets down to their normal agenda of funking out. Shorter also plays tack piano on the opening passage, and while he might not be the most gifted pianist, the tack sound gives the song its entire feeling, along with the reverb on Hadden's drum kit. This song may take a back seat to others in the Weather Report catalogue, but it still contains all the elements that gave WR its sound.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley