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Black Market (1976)
Weather Report

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User Rating: 4 / 5 [ Add Your Rating ]

Name:  Juergen Martens <>
Rating:  2 / 5
Comments:  What a downfall after the grand Myterious Traveller. The tunes featuring Alphonso Johnson on bass still make the grade, but when Jaco's honking, farting fretless comes in, the thing complletely goes out of balance. In this aspect, Black Market is a preview on things to come,
when the band became dominated by its prodigal bassplayer, who got them superstar status in the first place but then ruined many of their gigs and, what's even worse, completely destroyed their special one of a kind magic...

Name:  el cid <>
Rating:  4 / 5
Comments:  does someone hear an axe being ground?

while i will admit that there are maybe three songs after "heavy weather" that i can get into, and that the direction of weather report post-crazy-jaco isn't terribly satisfying musically (especially compared with 1971-1977), sane-jaco-period WR (this album, "heavy weather," and some live bootlegs that have been floating around) has some quite envigorating music. the title-track, "cannonball," and wayne's wonderful "elegant people" make this an album to own.

Name:  martino <>
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  Common, how can you hate Jaco's playing on Cannonball? With that track, he revolutionized jazz bass forever. You're just ignorant if you don't appreciate Jaco's accomplishments, whether you like him or not.

Name:  William Hutchison
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  I'm going to go against the grain by ignoring the Jaco comments and just say that this was WR in peak form. Joe Zawinul is using a lot of Mutron phasing on his Rhodes and less wah-wah at this point. This album really cooks whether it's Alphonso or Jaco on bass.