Weather Report: Palladium
Heavy Weather (Columbia)
Alex Acuna (drums), Manola Badrena (congas, percussion).
Composed by Wayne Shorter.
Recorded: December 1976-February 1977
Rating: 97/100 (learn more)
Wayne Shorter has said he composed this song in honor of the Latin music he heard growing up as a child. He captures the energy and spark often heard in Latin music, especially at the end of the track. Zawinul plays some tasty synth lines at the end while Jaco thumps and pops like no one else could. Jaco's tone on this track is splendid and laid the foundation for all of the other bassists who bit his style. It's a shame Shorter didn't get to compose more for the band because his gift of melody is unlike anyone else's in jazz. This song is a testament to Weather Report's strengths, as they play circles around every other fusion band from this period. The band's innovative qualities ensure that their music will continue to be heard by generations of listeners. Weather Report pushed the envelope of jazz.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley