Weather Report: The Juggler

Track

The Juggler

Group

Weather Report

CD

Heavy Weather (Columbia PC 34418)

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Musicians:

Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Joe Zawinul (keyboards), Jaco Pastorius (electric bass), Alex Acuna (drums), Manolo Badrena (percussion).

Composed by Joe Zawinul

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Recorded: Hollywood, California, October 1976

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Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

(Editor's note: The seventh Weather Report record and the first featuring Jaco Pastorius as a full-time member of the group, Heavy Weather is filled with memorable material, from “Birdland” to “Havona” to “Palladium” to this Zawinul classic, “The Juggler.” E.N.)

This tune’s brilliance was recently revealed to me by Alex Acuña: the drum rhythms are from Peru ~ this is Alex’s favorite cut from Heavy Weather. I love it, too, in part because it is a marvelous yin to the rest of the album’s yang. Heavy Weather is so great, in part, because of the presence of this tune. Joe Zawinul was a great, great composer.

Reviewer: Peter Erskine (for Desert Island Dozens)

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