Weather Report: Nubian Sundance
Mysterious Traveller (Columbia KC 32494)
Ishmael Wilburn (drums), Skip Hadden (drums), Dom Um Romao (percussion).
Composed by Joe Zawinul.
Recorded: Hollywood, California, February-May 1974
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
(Editor's note: A transitional Weather Report record, Mysterious Traveller saw Alphonso Johnson replace Miroslav Vitous on bass and the addition of Ishmael Wilburn on drums (sharing drum duties with Skip Hadden). The brilliant consistency of the Shorter and Zawinul collaboration, however, made for an effortless, memorable record. E.N.)
This album seems to capture what the band did best: play music like nobody else. “Nubian Sundance” is jazz’s Sergeant Pepper.
Reviewer: Peter Erskine (for Desert Island Dozens)