Weather Report’s ‘Night Passage’ is their eleventh album recorded live before a crowd of 250 people on July 12 and 13, 1980 and released the same year by Columbia.
Track Listing : 1.Night Passage (Joe Zawinul) – 06:30 . 2.Dream Clock (Joe Zawinul) – 06:26 . 3.Port Of Entry (Wayne Shorter) – 05:09 . 4.Forlorn (Joe Zawinul) – 03:55 . 5.Rockin’ In Rhythm (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Harry Carney) – 03:02 . 6.Fast City (Joe Zawinul) – 06:17 . 7.Three Views Of A Secret (Jaco Pastorius) – 05:50 . 8.Madagascar (Joe Zawinul) – 10:56
Musicians : Josef Zawinul – Keyboards . Wayne Shorter – Saxophones . Jaco Pastorius – Bass . Peter Erskine – Drums . Robert Thomas Jr.– Hand Drums . Weather Report – Band
Production : Produced By Joe Zawinul, Jaco Pastorius . Jerry Hudgins – Engineer . George Massenburg – Engineer . Brian Risner – Engineer . Allen Zentz – Mastering
Package : Richie Powell – Art Direction . Shigeru Uchiyama – Photography
Recorded On July 12 & 13, 1980 At The Complex, Los Angeles And In June 1980 In Osaka, Japan.
Released In 1980 By Columbia.
100 Greatest Jazz Albums
“Night Passage” makes it to 100 Greatest Jazz Album status ahead of the more obvious choice “Heavy Weather” (their half million selling breakthrough album) since it is the more complete realisation of the breakthroughs in jazz made by Weather Report. […]
There is however, one stinker on Night Passage that keeps it from being a perfect albumand that would be Rockin’ In Rhythm. The fault isn’t the tune itself, which is an old Ellington classic, but rather Zawinul’s horribly cheesy arrangement. With it’s over-orchestrated roller rink keyboards, it’s painful to sit through. […]
Zawinul’s keyboard choices are better than in Mr Gone and Sporting Life, but this is about the only positive point, because Shorter is almost invisible (bar an excellent solo in the last track), while Erskine (still the new kid on the block) does pretty well what he’s told. […]