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AbstractLogix :: Music DVD :: Weather Report: Birdland- Live in Tokyo (DVD)

Weather Report: Birdland- Live in Tokyo (DVD)
Weather Report: Birdland- Live in Tokyo (DVD) 

JOE ZAWINUL (Keyboards), WAYNE SHORTER (Sax); VICTOR BAILEY (Bass); MINO CINELU (Percussion); OMAR HAKIM (Drums)


Brand New Release Aug 06, 2013 by the IMV Blueline studio. It goes without saying that Weather Report were one of the most influential jazz rock bands of the 70's and 80s. Weather Report: Birdland movie Formed by keyboard player Joe Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, both participants in Miles Davis' groundbreaking Bitches Brew, this DVD comprises an exciting previously unreleased live performance, recorded 1984 in Tokyo. Line up: JOE ZAWINUL / keyboards, WAYNE SHORTER / saxophones, VICTOR BAILEY / bass, MINO CINELU / percussion and OMAR HAKIM / drums

NTSC REGION 0 DVD. Approx 55 minutes The jazz combo Weather Report performs a 1984 gig that includes a medley of such memorable songs as D-Flat Waltz • Duet • Where the Moon Goes • Medley (Black Market, Elegant People, Swamp Cabbage, Badia, A Remark You Made, Birdland).


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Author: anonymous
(Note: this is not a "documentary" as the title suggests-it is simply a straight forward hour long film of a live concert. There are no interviews or any extras whatsoever. I personally feel the title of this disk is misleading in that the term has come to be associated with a narrative form which this is most definitely not.)

This is a newly released DVD of a Tokyo performance from 1984. This is the version of the band with Zawinul, Shorter joined by Omar Hakim drums, Victor Bailey bass, and Mino Cinelu percussion. They were mostly performing tracks off of Domino Theory and Procession, which were never my favorite WR albums. However, these tunes found new life when played live-the band is tight and really energetic. After a brief spacey intro they kick into Dflat Waltz and man, it smokes. Just top notch playing all around. The following duet between Mr Z and Shorter starts out pretty abstractly, with Shorter laying down some contemplative lines on his soprano sax over some textural sounds provided by Mr Z. Eventually they segue into a typical folk/classical Zawinul anthem, using "new" orchestral layers that Joe seems to enjoy deploying, although not leaving much space for Shorter's ruminations. It's a long and at times unfocused jam, but definitely worth checking out. The band follows up with Where the Moon Goes, a tune off of Procession, with (a very effected) Zawinul holding down the vocal chores that the Manhattan Transfer originally handled. Again, a song that left me sort of flat on the album really grabs ahold of the listener here, exuding grace and power that far exceeds the studio track. Zawinul lays down some very cool synth lines trading with Hakim's powerful drum blasts-pretty impressive stuff.

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