Weather Report & Live & River People

Weather Report, “River People” by Jaco Pastorius. Performed in Offenbach, Germany, 1978.

Jaco Pastorius (bass), Wayne Shorter (soprano sax), Joseph Zawinul (keyboard, synthesizers), Peter Erskine (drums). Wow, I like this even better than the studio version in Mr. Gone.

Weather Report & Orange Lady

One of my absolute favorite tracks in the world, from Weather Report’s self-titled first album (1971). Sorry to say, the personnel in the photo is way wrong–that is a much later Weather Report lineup with Jaco Pastorius. (I shouldn’t make a big deal of it, to think about the generosity of this fine Youtuber in putting the music up.)

But anyway, the photo for this track should show these guys instead:
From left to right: Alphonse Mouzon (drums), Joe Zawinul (keyboards), Miroslav Vitous (bass), Wayne Shorter (sax), Airto Moreira (percussion).

Weather Report & Speechless

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.