Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting Dr. Darryl Brown, distinguished practitioner of internal medicine and dermatology and graduate of the Joe Zawinul school of bad ass drummers! For a brief, shining moment – July through December, ’74 – Darryl held down the drum seat on the “Magical Mysterious Traveler Tour.” During his first ever interview about his time in Weather Report, he ran the voodoo down for us.
“Call him Ishmael!” Drummer Ishmael Wilburn flew in from the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, to recount his brief but indisputable contribution to Weather Report. The rhythmic force behind Mysterious Traveller – “Nubian Sundance,” Yeah – shared his life changing experience with the band on stage and in the studio.
By the early 80’s Weather Report had grown into a full-blown performance experience. Their sound and lighting was equal to their rock star counterparts, and it was up to Howard Burke to keep the enterprise moving with steadfast precision – blown fuses be damned. From 1981 until their demise, Burke was their production manager and in this interview, he offers a first mate’s view of life on the road, the man responsible for navigating through the “Heavy Weather.”
We took a few Weather Report Laquer Mastering reference discs and digitized them in to High Quality AIFF audio files, ready to play in your iTunes. We have two volumes available, each containing 9 songs that includes some of Weather Reports greatest hits. Such as Birdland, Mr. Gone, Black Market and Procession.
These digitized songs are unedited, meaning that you get to hear the crackles and pops from the records.
Purchase and download your copies today.
If you received the email and placed your order for your perks. We are starting to ship them out. We’re working to get most of your orders out by the end of the week.
First, let me provide a heartfelt apology that it’s taken such a long journey to complete the production of the rewards. We’re not happy with the delays either! With that said. Contributors will be receiving an email with instructions on how to claim your perks. Emails will be going out in a timely manner, so if you don’t receive yours right away, please be patient because it will come. Also check your spam folder just in case it made it’s way in their.
Also, my team put our minds together to try and come up with a way to show our deep appreciation for your support and patience and came up with a very rare set of recordings for you.
We took a very rare Weather Report Laquer Mastering reference discs and digitized them in to High Quality AIFF audio files for your audiophile enjoyment. This is a 9 song collection that includes some of Weather Reports greatest hits, such as: Birdland, Between The Thighs, Blackmarket and Man In The Green Shirt. These discs get pressed from the masters before manufacturing and the resulting audio quality is the best ever available for ANY Weather Report track to fans. Of course, there’s a few crackles from the Vinyl but we didn’t want to TOUCH these with any post processing or cleaning.
From here on out. I will be personally getting involved in seeing that these perks get packaged and delivered to everyone that contributed.
For those that missed the indiegogo campaign, or wanted to get another set of perks. We will have some extra inventory for you to purchase.
Once again. I would like to apologize to each and every contributor that these perks have taken so long to get to you, and I thank everyone for their continued support in Weather Report.
Be bop percussionist Bobby Thomas, Jr. just blew through town to lay down some “fascinating rhythms” for the WR documentary. Bobby, a native of Miami, shared his insights into the band’s unique dynamics, both in terms of the music and their very mercurial personalities. Bobby was brought into the band through Jaco and is featured during the volcanic Night Passage period, and his reflections about the great bass master were inspiring and heartbreaking in equal measure.
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, 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!”