Classics: Weather Report – Birdland (Columbia)
‘Birdland’, a name that should ring a bell to those of you familiar with the history of Jazz. Beginning with the famous Broadway club of the likes that hosted so many famous Jazz musicians from 1949 through 1965. But also with this classic by the likes of Weather Report which came as a tribute to the aforementioned.
As a matter of fact, Weather Report just acted like the Birdland. This while welcoming countless luminaries during their period of activity. In other words between 1970 and 1986. Beginning with Airto Moreira who, on the heels of his collaboration with Miles Davis, came to join Wayne Shorter and Miroslav Vitouš as a member of Weather Report. Thus contributing to the recording of their eponympous debut-album back in 1971, before joining Return To Forever. To Alphonse Mouzon and Narada Michael Walden. But also Dom Um Romao, Alphonso Johnson, Jaco Pastorius and Leon Ndugu Chanclerr among many others along with time.
The 1977 released ‘Heavy Weather’ would be Weather Report‘s biggest commercial success, featuring the boiling ‘Birdland’ (arguably their most well known jam), which eventually became a Pop hit and later a Jazz standard. Written by Joe Zawinul, ‘Birdland’ eventually got The Manhattan Transfer to won a Grammy Award with their 1979 version of the song, which had lyrics by Jon Hendricks. Meanwhile Quincy Jones won two Grammy Awards for the version of the piece he included on his 1989 ‘Back On The Block’ album…