Weather Report


The EMS Putney was my first synthesizer, I bought one together with a friend of mine who lived in the same building in New York. The Putney only had one oscillator. It was like a wooden board with a bunch of little holes in it where you put these toothpicks with wires, and you could create one oscillation. It created little radio-type sounds, June 2003

Weather Report was an American jazz fusion band of the 1970s and early 1980s. Formed in New York, the band was co-led by the Austrian-born keyboard player Joe Zawinul and the American saxophonist Wayne Shorter (and, initially, by Czech bass player Miroslav Vitouš). Other prominent members at various points in the band’s lifespan included Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine, Alex Acuña, Alphonso Johnson, Victor Bailey, Airto Moreira and Chester Thompson.
Alongside Miles Davis’s electric bands, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Headhunters, Weather Report is considered to be one of the pre-eminent early jazz fusion bands. As a continuous working unit, Weather Report outlasted all of its contemporaries despite (or perhaps because of) frequent changes of personnel, with a career lasting sixteen years between 1970 and 1986.