Weather Report: Unknown Soldiers

Track

Unknown Soldiers

Group

Weather Report

CD

I Sing the Body Electric (Columbia)

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Musicians:

Joe Zawinul (piano), Wayne Shorter (soprano sax), Miroslav Vitous (acoustic bass),

Eric Gravatt (drums), Dom Um Romão (percussion)

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Composed by Joe Zawinul

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Recorded: November 1971-January 1972

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Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

Joe Zawinul composed this song in memory of an experience as a child when he and his brother found a dead soldier during World War II in his native Austria. From its haunting voice introduction over a swing ride pattern by Eric Gravatt, the mood fits the title, moving through various motifs that invoke a feeling of loss, uncertainty, and closure. Midway through, one understands what a strong impact this childhood experience had on Zawinul. This is my favorite song from Weather Report with Vitous, and shows how visionary Zawinul was with his compositional talents.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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