|Genres:||Funk Jazz Music & Radio Books|
|Tags:||jazz fusion jazz fusion instrumental funk|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||BBC Music Discography Wikipedia|
Founded by Joe Zawinul (Josef Erich Zawinul, 7 July 1932, Landstraße, Vienna, Austria, d. 11 September 2007, Vienna, Austria; keyboards) and Wayne Shorter (b. 25 August 1933, Newark, New Jersey, USA; reeds). The highly accomplished Weather Report was one of the groups credited with inventing jazz rock fusion music in the early 70s. The two founders had worked together as members of Miles Davis band in 1969-71, playing on Bitches Brew. The first line-up of Weather Report included Airto Moreira (percussion), Miroslav Vitous (bass), and Alphonse Mouzon (drums/percussion). Signing to CBS Records, the groups self-titled debut album included compositions by Shorter, Vitous and Zawinul. The bestselling I Sing The Body Electric featured new percussionists Eric Gravatt and Dom Um Romão. Among the tracks was Zawinuls ambitious anti-war song Unknown Soldier.
During the mid-70s, the group adopted more elements...