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PROCESSION

Weather Report

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.61 | 53 ratings

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UMUR
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4 stars "Procession" is the 11th full-length studio album by US jazz/fusion act Weather Report. Released in 1983 you could have expected it to have a "typical" artificial eighties sound but fortunately Weather Report is not your average band. Core members and main composers Wayne Shorter (Saxophone) and Joe Zawinul (keyboards, synths) always sought to explore new ground and regardless of how succesful their albums were, they never repeated themselves in an attempt to achive commercial success. The most amazing thing about Weather Report is probably that they made very bad albums in their long career. "Procession" is "just" another high quality release in their discography. Thereīs been some significant changes in the lineup since the self-titled 10th full-length studio album "Weather Report (1982)" as bassist Jaco Pastorius has been replaced by Victor Bailey, drummer Peter Erskine has been replaced by Omar Hakim and percussionist Robert Thomas Jr. has been replaced by José Rossy.

There are six tracks on the album. All quality jazz/fusion compositions with both memorable melodies, skilled playing and lots of power. Especially "Two Lines" features lots of powerful fusion playing. Thereīs also lots of atmosphere in the music though and the almost ambient "The Well" is a great example of that. As always on Weather Reportīs albums itīs the compositions that come before the technical playing and personally thatīs how I like it. There are no unnecessary noodling on "Procession".

The production is excellent. To make an organic sound like this in 1983 and not sound like a seventies dinosaur is quite the achivement.

"Procession" is a great album by Weather Report and while it didnīt exactly blow me away the first couple of times I listened to the album, it still grows on me with every listen and I seem to find new things to enjoy about it all the time. A deserved 4 star (80%) rating.

UMUR | 4/5 |

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