Weather Report: Boogie Woogie Waltz
Boogie Woogie Waltz
Sweetnighter (Columbia CK 64976)
Miroslav Vitous (acoustic bass), Andrew White (electric bass), Dom Um Romão (bell, tambourine, chucalho), Muruga (Moroccan clay drums), Herschel Dwellingham (drums).
Composed by Josef Zawinul.
Recorded: New York, February 3-7, 1973
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
Sweetnighter marked a change of direction for Weather Report. Through the appearance of some guest musicians, especially percussionists, the band decided to get down a bit. A constant groove is present in "Boogie Woogie Waltz." Zawinul makes full use of his synthesizer arsenal, sounding at times like a guitarist playing minor chords or adding jagged punctuations. At other points he adds sound effects in conjunction with the rhythms of the piece. The most apt comparison in sense of aural similarities would be with some of Miles's stuff from Live-Evil. But it is not nearly as jarring as that material. Its steady rhythm and lack of any far-out solos make it more accessible than most of Weather Report's previous work. Wayne Shorter is toned down but locked in. The dense sense of what we call today "world rhythms" is very obvious here and would become a trend, especially in Zawinul's music, from this point on.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky