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Weather Report - Tale Spinnin' and Return To Forever - Musicmagic album reviews

Album Review

SACD reissues for both ends of the jazz-rock spectrum.

Despite their near-constant state of flux in the first half of the 70s, Weather Report released a sequence of remarkably consistent albums, thanks to the continuity brought by Josef Zawinul and Wayne Shorter.

1975’s hugely underrated Tale Spinnin’ also benefits from the constantly inventive articulation of drummer Leon Chancler, then on loan for a week from Santana. The ebullient swing across the record, courtesy of Chancler and bassist Alphonso Johnson, makes this an uplifting experience.

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