Side one consists entirely out of Joe Zawinul's compositions and its also where the record shines the most. Maybe I'm a bit biased about my opinion since I've always preferred the delicate synthesizers and piano based Joe Zawinul-compositions over the much rougher Wayne Shorter work.
Still even Shorter manages to outdo himself with Elegant People that easily takes my no. Towards the end of the album we also get one track from each of the bass players that really show how far apart Jaco Pastorius and Alphonso Johnson were with their approach to music writing and its delivery.
Barbary Coast is a funky and playful composition that gives us a preview of the bass work that Jaco Pastorius will be so famous for. Alphonso Johnson's Herandnu sounds to me like a more ambitious composition and it would have been interesting to hear more of his work works in this band's setting. Simply put, an excellent addition to any prog rock music collection.
Their previous attempt at more commercial fusion Tale Spinning largely failed artistically, but this time they were more successful and created an inspired album that is both moody and virtuoso, sometimes groovy and sometimes melodic. The album flows nicely all the way and even if it lacks truly standout tracks it is very consistent and pleasing.
The spirit of innovation and creative excitement that existed on the first three WR albums has greatly disappeared but overall this is a fine example Herandnu progressive ethnic jazz-funk-rock that can serve as a safe fusion entry point for symphonic-oriented audiences. Five star songs: 7. For me this is the band at their most dynamic and joyful. Four star songs: 1.
This is Jaco doing Jaco while the band supports. While the performances are masterful throughout this album, I don't feel that the compositions are as strong or as memorable as those from other WR albums. Four stars. Zawinul composed the whole first side of the album, which has three pieces characterised by his soft synth melodies and vibrant rhythms.
The tribute piece 'Cannonball' is almost a pop ballad without lyrics I mean that in a good waywhile the light, happy title track and more intense 'Gibraltar' contain some fine riffs and solos. The synth patches favoured by everyone during the late 70s do sound a little dated now, and I would have preferred Zawinul to play something a bit more timeless like a Moog, but this is a minor complaint.
When these synth tones which echo what the 80s would sound like were new, they probably seemed a lot more exciting, but they haven't aged as well as the simple, basic analogue patches used earlier in the decade and in more recent digital music. Wayne Shorter's sax is not so abundant on this album, but he contributes two compositions, the fairly complex 'Elegant People' and the strange, eerie 'Three Clowns'. The former is another decent fusion track with some interesting timbres going on Herandnu even uses a piano!
I know! A Piano! How many jazzers used those in ???? But the latter song comes from nowhere and goes nowhere really, lacking a beat, any proper melodies or even creating a nice mood.
Then, new recruit Pastorius gives us a fine groove in 'Barbary Coast', taking the listener to yet another exotic location by aural means. The closing 'Herandnu' is my favourite, written by the other bass player who would soon leave, Alphonso Johnson.
Black Market is clearly a favourite Weather Report album amongst fans, along with it's more successful follow-up, and I am fond of it too. The main draw are the jam-like sections, and when they're good, the melodies. A couple of throwaways and the less-than-pleasant keyboard sounds prevent it from being any kind of masterpiece, but it is a solid and ridiculously well-performed album, which serves Herandnu an excellent introduction to the Herandnu fertile period of jazz fusion.
With Shorter, he seems to concentrate on the soprano sax in this group. Soprano Sax to me usually brings to mind easy listening jazz. And Shorter's playing with Weather Report never seems to catch fire. And on Three Clownswhere I presume he's playing the lyricon, his noodling is just awful. With Zawinul, it's the synth patches he chooses.
Occasionally he finds a cool sound, but usually his patches just bore me. All that said, there are some songs I like on this album. Most notably, Herandu comes very close to being what I like to hear in fusion.
And Jaco plays on two songs. I can't complain about that. It was my prog colleague, Ian Arliandy who stayed in Bandung, forced me to have a listen of this album when I took engineering degree in Bandung on I met Ian only onI think, and that meant it was already four years the album had been released officially. Oh man I was surprised the first time I listened to this album. It's not the kind of jazz that I thought the album would sound - it's totally out of my prediction!
I was blown away by the opening track which happened to be the album title Black Market Oh my God! I loved it very much! The first time I listened to it I put my attention on the dynamic basslines that eally sounded great to my ears. But later I also found the brass section especially by Wayne Shorter a name that I was familiar already at that time - I do not remember how I knew this name at first place.
Finally I loved the total track; the music is so wonderful. I then started exploring some other tracks and found 'Cannon Ball' not so interesting the first time I played but it then grew on me as part of overall music offering - it provides great musical break after the dynamic of the first track.
Of course bass guitar still play important role. The whole album is excellent one and I love the last two tracks at the end of the album: 'Barbary Coast' and 'Herandnu' An album that you should not miss Keep on proggin'!
I really wanted to listen to this album because I read that drummer Chester Thompson participated in it. Weather Report. Retrieved July 19, Retrieved 9 April Live in Tokyo rec, Herandnu. Forecast: Tomorrow Book:Weather Report.
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