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Weather Report

Weather Report was an influential jazz fusion band of the 1970s and 1980s. Along with Return to Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra and some of Herbie Hancock's line-ups, it is seen as a definite representator of jazz fusion in the 1970s.

The band was originally a spin-off from the group of musicians associated with Miles Davis in the late sixties and early seventies. The stable core of the group was the duo of pianist Joe Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, while the other musicians were rotated with almost every album.

Initially, the band's music featured extended improvisation, similar to Davis' Bitches Brew-period work, and instrumentation included both a traditional trap set drummer and a second percussionist (first Airto Moreira, later Dom Um Romão). The group was unusual and innovative in abandoning the soloist-accompaniment demarcation of straight-ahead jazz and instead featuring continuous improvisation by every member of the band.

Reedman Wayne Shorter furthered on his pioneering soprano sax work and both Zawinul and original bassist Miroslav Vitouš experimented with rock guitarists' electronic effects, Zaw...
years active 1970–1986
status Disbanded
country New York City, USA
music genre Jazz Fusion
current members Joe Zawinul
Wayne Shorter
Victor Bailey
Peter Erskine
Mino Cinelu
past members Jaco Pastorius
Miroslav Vitouš
Chester Thompson
Manolo Badrena
Airto Moreira
Robert Thomas Jr.
Omar Hakim
Alex Acuña
Eric Gravatt
Leon 'Ndugu' Chancler
Alphonso Johnson
Dom Um Romão
Alphonse Mouzon
Greg Errico
Erich Zawinul
Jose Rossy
Skip Hadden
Alyrio Lima
Michael Walden
Don Alias
Ishmael Wilburn

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