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This was the second “Jazz” album my friend Georgie (Porgie) turned me onto. He had the great Hi-Fi system so it did the music justice. Infectious percussion and drums open up the first cut. Bass , keyboards and sax all come in at the same time. The rhythm section keep up a steady groove with some very cool electric piano and sax filling in. The cut is ‘Boogie Woogie Waltz’ and it’s thirteen minutes of CB’s intro to Weather Report’s music. CB couldn’t resist the groove.
CB was drawn to the music these guys were making. Wayne Shorter’s Sax (soprano) sound was different from what CB was familiar with and opened up his ears to a different kind of playing. The next two cuts don’t have that funk/groove feel but the music was still holding the ear. Lots of new music to expand the tastes.
Side two opens up with ‘125TH Street Congress’ and gets a little more funky again. Love the rhythm section. Two basses really lay it down. Shorter coming in with some sax when he feels like it. Underneath it all Joe Zawinul is filling in with his keyboards. Plus he jumps in with a few licks. CB was digging this big-time. Another 10 minute plus groove. They change the mood with ‘Will’,it takes it down a notch but it still keeps you engaged. Really like this cut. (This sound would color future directions for CB). The bass riff did it. The last cut is another cool groove. The drums setting the tone, the bass jumping in with Zawinul and Shorter adding their thing.
Weather Report had a unique sound and their music appealed to an unsophisticated Babyhead. He was coming from a basic rock n roll base to this. He couldn’t explain it if he tried. He liked the sound, that’s all he could say. He was lucky to have friends who steered him in some very good musical directions. Weather Report would take him to more of this kind of “Jazz” in the near future.
(CB was fortunate to see Weather Report at this time. His second Jazz concert. He was taken in by the whole event)
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