Pat Metheny (guitar), Scott Colley (bass), Antonio Sanchez (drums). Germany, 2006
From Extrapolation (1969).
John McLaughlin (guitar), Brian Odgers (bass), Tony Oxley (drums), John Surman (baritone saxophones). The time signature appears to be 11/8. This song came to be called “Follow Your Heart” and you can hear another version with that title and more of an all star cast (but also with McLaughlin) right here on this station.
From Black Market (1976).
Joe Zawinul (composition, keyboards), Wayne Shorter (sax), Jaco Pastorius (bass), Narada Michael Walden (drums), Alex Acuña (congas, percussion). Zawinul wrote this song in homage to his former bandleader, the great saxophonist Cannonball Adderley.
From Tom Cat (1975).
Tom Scott (sax, flute), John Guerin (drums), Larry Nash (keyboards), Max Bennett (bass), Robben Ford (guitar), Joni Mitchell (vocals).
At the North Sea Jazz Festival (1997).
John Scofield (guitar), John Medeski (keyboards), Chris Wood (bass), Billy Martin (drums). I had Chank, from the same performance, up a while back. It’s surprising to see the double bass rather than bass guitar being the instrument of choice for funk. But it works. It works.
At the Eric Clapton Guitar Festival (2007).
John McLaughlin (guitar), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Matthew Garrison (bass) Gary Husband (keyboards).
At Forum Leverkusen (2010).
John Scofield (guitar), Steve Swallow (bass), Bill Stewart (drums).
From Head Hunters (1973).
Herbie Hancock (keyboards), Bennie Maupin (sax), Paul Jackson (bass), Harvey Mason (drums), Bill Summers (Percussion).
From Weather Report (1982), the other self-titled album.
I just got this album at a used place. It doesn’t rate super high compared to most other Weather Report work, perhaps for good reason, but I had been looking for it and I’m liking it fine as car music. Joe Zawinul (keyboards), Jaco Pastorius (bass), Wayne Shorter (sax), Peter Erskine (drums), Robert Thomas Jr. (percussion). Plus points for the album on the whole: Peter Erskine’s drums, the layered moods and grooves, Jaco. Minus: Joe Zawinul’s synthesizer dominates on this album; it does not always age so well, especially on solos, and sometimes sounds thin and nasal.
From Pat Metheny Group (1978).
Pat Metheny (guitar), Lyle Mays (keyboards), Marc Egan (bass), Dan Gottlieb (drums).