Even Pastorius can't save this one. The music on "Mr. Gone" are generally quite different from the material on "Heavy Weather " and even though the music are more easily accessible than the early recordings by the band this is no easy listening album.
Not that "Heavy Weather " was an easy listening experience either. As the author of the sleeve notes comments Wayne Shorter is more or less "Mr. Gone" on this album. Mr. Gone - Weather Report - Mr. Gone (Vinyl example is the string and brass synth sounds which today might sound a bit dated but were probably considered very innovative back then. The rythm section with bassist Jaco Pastorius and new drummer Peter Erskine are very skilled too though and are allowed to shine several times throughout the album.
Just listen to the Jaco Pastorius composition "Punk Jazz". There are some great bass playing on that track. Or the short "Pinocchio" which is the most furious fusion track on the album. Great drumming by Peter Erskine on that track.
There are some ethnic flavoured vocals on the opening track "The Pursuit of the Woman With the" and some soul styled vocals on the last track "And Then" but the rest of the album is instrumental.
I can see more traditional jazz lovers not enjoying "Mr. Gone" much but for listeners who come from other reference points this could be a very intriguing album and a 3. Gone" is overall a pretty good album. Keyboard wizard Joe Zawinul produced this sucker and he's without a doubt the dominant contributor to the project, starting with his "The Pursuit of the Woman with the Feathered Hat. Bond's adventures and the obligatory high intrigue abounds. A more lighthearted atmosphere develops later on and it ends up with a happy tribal chant of sorts.
Curiously, Wayne Shorter's penetrating horn is nowhere to be found. Bassist Jaco Pastorius is listed as the album's co-producer and his "River People" is next. His percolating bass line bubbles and boils in front of an electrified synth backdrop for a while, Mr. Gone - Weather Report - Mr. Gone (Vinyl, then they drop into a pseudo disco beat for the remainder of the cut. Zawinul peppers the tune with assorted keyboard phrases and the catchy tonality of the track keeps you interested throughout.
Yet there's still no sign of Wayne. Oh, here he is. Maybe he was caught in traffic but he makes his presence known at last on Joe Z's so-so "Young and Fine. Eventually the tune turns into a cluttered jam, lacking the usual Weather Report charm and grace we've all come to expect.
Shorter's "The Elders" follows and it sports a dreamy fade-in that leads to a notably abstract structure, moody but enveloping nonetheless. This is the kind of eclectic, ethereal composition that sets this group apart from the pretenders. Too bad there's not more like it.
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Location: Southern California. I don't hate it but it's far from my favorite WR. Then again, it is WR. So that makes it worthwhile, for the most part. Location: Okanagan, B. Following Black Market and Heavy Weather it was seen by fans to be Commercial pap to fulfill their contractual obligations. There are a few good tracks but I tend to agree with the reviews on this title especially compared to the previous work.
Like the poster above, I still listen to it because it is WR. PaulTOct 17, Location: Ontario, Canada. Or is the only CD edition available the older Columbia Jazz remaster with the red border on the cover? RockerDec 5, Location: St. Louis County, MO. The release of "Mr. Gone" is about the time I grew bored with the fusion jazz style, and went back to listening to the 50s and 60s. I still have my Weather Report albums vinyl up to and including Heavy Weather, but don't listen to them much anymore.
Josquin des PrezDec 5, Location: Munson Township, Ohio. I do like Mr. Gone though, I like them all but can't listen to much of them these Mr.
Gone - Weather Report - Mr. Gone (Vinyl. LonsonDec 5, You're right, I'm one of those who can't count! Location: Boston, MA. Gentle GiantDec 5, Lownote30Dec 5,
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