| August 1979|
| November 1978 and early 1979|
Joe Zawinul, Jaco Pastorius
Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance
Night Passage, Black Market, Mr Gone, Heavy Weather, Sweetnighter
8:30 is the tenth album and second live album by the jazz fusion group Weather Report. It was recorded live except for tracks 10-13, which were studio recorded. Among other titles, it features a live version of the group's signature piece "Birdland". The album won a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance.
The album takes its name from the band's habit of starting their performance at 8:30 pm. At the time of the tour, the band were a four-piece who would take the stage continuously for around two and a half hours, each of the members taking a solo spot to give not just a virtuoso performance, but to give the others a break. Wayne Shorter sometimes plays percussion instead of saxophone on stage, and on one of the studio tracks, the calypso inspired "Brown Street", Joe Zawinul's son Erich plays percussion along with Erskine and Pastorius.
The 8:30 tour saw Weather Report at the height of their commercial success, and the playlist leant heavily on the recent successes, "Black Market", "Birdland" and "Teen Town".
Jaco Pastorius played a notable solo, "Slang", which melded a multi-part bass solo using a rack-mounted MXR digital delay, leading into references to "Third Stone from the Sun" by Jimi Hendrix, "Portrait of Tracy" from his own solo work, then onto "(The Hills are Alive with) The Sound of Music". He finished off playing his bass with its own strap.
According to Peter Erskine, the band originally planned for the entire album to be live, but an engineer accidentally erased some of the material, prompting the band to go into the studio to record the fourth side.
The album was originally a double gatefold LP but the reissue on CD dropped a track, "Scarlet Woman", and was released as a single CD. In Japan, the album has been released as a 2-CD set with all the tracks of the original.
All tracks written by Joe Zawinul, except where noted.Joe Zawinul – keyboards, ARP Quadra bass synthesizer, percussion, producer, vocoder
Wayne Shorter – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Jaco Pastorius – bass, percussion, drums on "8:30" & "Brown Street"
Peter Erskine – drums
The West Los Angeles Christian Academy Children's Choir – vocals on "The Orphan"
Erich Zawinul – percussion on "Brown Street"
Ray Thompson - live recording
John Haeny, Kim King, Warren Dewey - mixing engineers
Nancy Donald - cover design
Steve Smith - cover illustration
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