On September 3, 1971, Weather Report plus three european horn players did a two hours radio broadcast on “Jazzworkshop” a Norddeutscher Rundfunk program. Taped in Berlin, the radio show is so far unissued (or eventually bootlegged) but during the rehearsals, two songs “Directions” and “Dr. Honoris Causa” were filmed.
Track Listing : 1.Directions (Joe Zawinul) – 16:38 . 2.Dr Honoris Causa (Joe Zawinul) – 14:10
Musicians : Weather Report – Band . Joe Zawinul – Keyboards . Wayne Shorter – Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax . John Surman – Bass Clarinet, Baritone Sax . Eje Thelin – Trombone . Alan Skidmore – Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax, Flute . Miroslav Vitous – Bass . Alphonse Mouzon – Drums . Dom Um Romao – Percussion . Eje Thelin – Trombone . Alan Skidmore – Flute, Tenor Saxophone . John Surman – Baritone And Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
Production : Produced By Michael Naura .
Recorded On September 3, 1971 At Grosser Sendesaal Im Funkhaus, Berlin.
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Since Shorter was mostly playing soprano sax, Skidmore and Surman serve to beef up the sax sound both during composed sections as well as the solos, particularly Surman on baritone during “Directions” and “Dr Honoris Causa”. A truly rare one-off event in the history of Weather Report. […]
The appearance of a Weather Report recording here may raise some highbrows amongst the more serious-minded of you. I also think that the later WR stuff, after they became successful, left much to be desired, but this early recording, I think, is really special because of the artists guesting on it. […]