Here's more proof that Weather Report
actually became a more potent, life-affirming musical force after the departures of its best-known sidemen. Things begin on an oddly commercial note with a pop song "Can It Be Done," sung by Carl Anderson
, that actually lays out Weather Report's
credo, searching for sounds never heard before. Then Joe Zawinul
and company get down to business with the funky "D-Flat Waltz," marked by Omar Hakim's
flamboyantly complex drumming. Zawinul's
synthesizer textures become thicker and more flexible with the help of newly-introduced digital instruments, and the funk element in general becomes more pronounced than on any record since Tale Spinnin'
. Victor Bailey
(bass), who spins his wheels on the title track, and Jose Rossy
(percussion) remain on board (though Rossy
left shortly thereafter) and Wayne Shorter's
tenor sax has a rawer, tougher edge than it has in awhile. Though not quite as triumphant as Procession
, a triumph nonetheless.