Weather Report - Live In Cologne 1983
Decent but inessential instalment of the legendary jazz troupe's back catalogue
(Art of Groove / Birdjam)
This is the third in a previously unreleased sequence of very well recorded concerts featuring the band in Germany, and arguably the least essential, if only because the later phase of the band’s history was generally less compelling – inspiration had to do battle with bombast and/or noodling a bit too often (and when it’s bad, it’s pretty awful).
That said, a band consisting of Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Victor Bailey, Jorge Rossy and Omar Hakim is going to come up with some compelling action, and they do. One for fans rather than a starting point for newcomers. Also available on DVD.