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Inception and formation

Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter first met and became friends in 1959 while they were playing in Maynard Ferguson’s Big Band. Zawinul went on to play with Cannonball Adderley’s group in the 1960s, while Shorter joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and then, in 1964, Miles Davis’ second great quintet. During this decade, both men made names for themselves as being among the best composers in jazz.

Zawinul would later join Shorter in contributing to the initial fusion music recordings of Miles Davis, and both men were part of the studio groups, which recorded the key Davis albums In a Silent Way (1969) and Bitches Brew (1970). In consequence, Weather Report has often been seen as a spin-off from the Miles Davis bands of the late 1960s and early 1970s, although Zawinul was never part of Davis’s touring line-up. Weather Report was initially formed in order to explore a more impressionistic and individualistic music (or, as Zawinul put it, “away from all that eight bars shit and then you go to the bridge…”)

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Article: Catching Up With

Will Bernard Finds His Own Path To Jazz Career

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Guitarist Will Bernard doesn't consider himself a “regular" jazz player. He says this occurred to him when he was being asked to play on some recording sessions in New York. “In New York, I've been doing some recording—I did three records for PosiTone, which is more of a jazz label. They're actually ...

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Article: Live Review

Pori Jazz 2022

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Pori Jazz 2022 Kirjurinluoto Concert Park jny:Pori, Finland July 14-16, 2022 If this year's 55th annual Pori Jazz festival had a “moment," it was when Immanuel Wilkins invited Shabaka Hutchings to the stage as a surprise guest for a dazzling 14-minute duet that capped the former's spellbinding set, ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Tobin Mueller

Read "Take Five with Tobin Mueller" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Tobin Mueller Connecticut-based composer, arranger, playwright and pianist Tobin Mueller has just released his 35th album: Prestidigitation, drawing on a long career of innovation and artistry. Mueller's compositions range from Jazz Fusion to Progressive Rock, Broadway musicals to Old-School Funk, Classical ballet to video games. His jazz ensemble recordings have featured legendary bassist Ron Carter, ...

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Article: Album Review

Betty Accorsi Quartet: Growing Roots

Read "Growing Roots" reviewed by Chris May


The second album from Italian born, British based soprano saxophonist Betty (Elisabetta) Accorsi's quartet confirms what was already apparent on her debut, The Cutty Sark Suite (Betty Accorsi Music, 2020). That is, here is a young musician and composer of outstanding talent who is destined for the big stage. There is nothing radical ...

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News: Recording

Tobin Mueller's New Album 'Prestidigitation' Celebrates The Founders Of Jazz Fusion

Tobin Mueller's New Album 'Prestidigitation' Celebrates The Founders Of Jazz Fusion

Tobin Mueller’s new album Prestidigitation celebrates the founders of fusion jazz: Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea; plus crossover jazz-funk masters Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder and Sly Stone. Frank Zappa makes the cut, along with other prog-rock fusion bands Yes and Happy The Man. Not to be forgotten, important precursors John Coltrane and Bill Evans ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A nostalgic visit to early Jazz-Rock-Fusion 1973-1982

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A nostalgic trip to the years 1973-1982 with Pat Metheny Group, Weather Report, Brand X, Isotope, Didier Lockwood, Gary Boyle, Jean-Luc Ponty and the Mahavishnu Orchestra.Playlist Pat Metheny Group “The Epic" from American Garage (ECM) 00:00 Weather Report “Dara Factor One" from Weather Report (CBS) 09:41 Brand X “Dance Of The Illegal Aliens" from ...

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Article: Book Review

Elegant People: A History Of The Band Weather Report

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Elegant People: A History Of The Band Weather Report Curt Bianchi 496 Pages ISBN: 978-1-4930-5999-7 Backbeat Books 2021 Few bands hold a place in jazz history quite like Weather Report, the band formed in 1971 by Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter and Miroslav Vitous. The term “jazz-fusion" could have been ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Anat Cohen, Weather Report, Craig Taborn and Much More

Read "Anat Cohen, Weather Report, Craig Taborn and Much More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show includes a wide array of jazz musicians from the present and recent past including Anat Cohen, Donny McCaslin, Weather Report, Henry Threadgill and Roy Haynes. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Sextet of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Gianfranco Continenza, Andy Summers, Tribal Tech, Joe Zawinul

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Italian guitarist Gianfranco Continenza, Andy Summers from The Last Dance Of Mr X, Tribal Tech from Thick, Joe Zawinul, Weather Report, Billy Cobham and Yo Miles! Henry Kaiser and Wadada Leo Smith Playlist Gianfranco Continenza"From My Window" from Vertical Horizon (Never Sleeping) 00:00 Andy Summers"Big Thing" from The Last Dance Of Mr X (RCA ...


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