Weather Report

Weather Report was a multinational jazz-funk/fusion ensemble that released 14 studio albums on Columbia between 1971 and 1986. Throughout its existence, the band was co-led by American saxophonist Wayne Shorter and Austrian keyboardist Joe Zawinul. Numerous rhythm players did stints with the band during its 15-year history, most notably drummers Alphonse Mouzon and Narada Michael Walden, percussionists Airto Moreira and Manolo Badrena, and bassists Miroslav Vitous, Alphonso Johnson, and Jaco Pastorius.

Members: Joe Zawinul (keyboards), Wayne Shorter (saxophone), Miroslav Vitous (bass, 1970-73), Airto Moreira (percussion, 1970-71), Alphonse Mouzon (drums, 1970-71), Eric Gravatt (drums, 1971-73), Dom Um Romão (percussion, 1971-74), Alphonso Johnson (bass, 1974-76), Ishmael Wilburn (drums, 1974), Skip Hadden (drums, 1974), Leon “Ndugu” Chancler (drums, timpani, cymbals, 1975), Alyrio Lima (percussion, 1975), Chester Thompson (drums, 1975), Narada Michael Walden (drums, 1975), Don Alias (congas, percussion, 1975), Jaco Pastorius (bass, 1976-81), Alex Acuña (drums, congas, percussion, 1976-77), Manolo Badrena (tambourine, congas, vocal, timbales, percussion, 1976-77), Peter Erskine (drums, 1978-82), Robert Thomas, Jr. (percussion, 1980), Victor Bailey (bass, 1982-86), Omar Hakim (drums, 1982-86), Jose Rossy (percussion, 1982-86), Mino Cinelu (percussion, 1985-86)

Weather Report was formed in late 1970 by jazz vets Wayne Shorter (sax) and Joe Zawinul (keyboards) and up-and-comer Miroslav Vitous (bass). Shorter and Zawinul first interacted a decade beforehand in Maynard Ferguson’s Big Band. More recently, they’d both played on the 1969/70 Miles Davis albums In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew. The Czech-born Vitous had played on Shorter’s 1969 release Super Nova. The initial lineup was rounded by drummer Alphonse Mouzon and Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira.


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