Clive Davis Interview

Clive Davis, record industry icon, member of the “Rock and Roll hall of Fame,” the man with the “Platinum Ears,” carved out two hours of his valuable time to sit and talk about Weather Report. For those who don’t know, Davis signed them to Colombia, along with a murderers’ row Jazz-Rock stalwarts: The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Herbie Hancock and the Head Hunters, Dreams (with the Brecker Bros.), the Flock (ft. Mahavishnu’s Jerry Goodman), as well as cross-over artists with jazz pedigrees, Blood Sweat & Tears and Chicago. It was a Golden Age, those early 70’s, and Clive tells all – coaxing Miles to play the Filmore, inviting Joe, Wayne and Miroslav in to his office to discuss the care and feeding of this extraordinary new band called Weather Report. Those were the days!




Jim Swanson Interview

Jim Swanson, Joe Zawinul’s keyboard tech came in and shared his technical expertise and personal recollections about his time with weather report. Jim came on board when Omar and Victor joined the band in 1982 and stayed with them through their last gig at Humphrey’s in San Diego, CA. “Gearheads” will enjoy his breakdown of Joe’s rig and the discussion of all the customized hardware that made Joe’s sounds so unique. And you’ll dig his memory of Wayne coming off the stage after a particularly mind blowing solo, turning to Jim, and saying: “Dig That Charlie Parker Shit!”