© 1977 Sony
Heavy Weather is Weather Report's seventh album, released in 1977 through Columbia Records. It was the band's second album with bass virtuoso Jaco Pastorius, though this marked the first album as a far more prominent figure. Featuring their classic jazz standard "Birdland", the album is one of the best-sellers in the Columbia jazz catalog. The album is considered a landmark album in the jazz-rock or 'Fusion' movement of the 1970's.
Its opening track "Birdland" was a significant commercial success, something not typical of instrumental music. Additionally, the album was a breakout recording for Pastorius, virtually turning him into as household name, who with his track "Teen Town" and inspired performances, reinforced his self-proclaimed status as "the Greatest Bass Player in the World".
Bass / Fusion
In 1981, while still with Weather Report, Jaco Pastorius trust this topnotch big band into anything that appealed to his vast jazz imagination from steel drum Caribbean to the Soul and Funk of of R&B. On board are Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter,Peter Erskine, Jack DeJohnette, Michael Brecker, Don Alias, and others.