Procession (1983) Domino Theory (1984)
Release date June 1983
Genre Jazz fusion
Artist Weather Report
Label Columbia Records
|Producers Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter|
Similar Weather Report albums, Jazz fusion albums
Procession is the thirteenth album from Weather Report. It is the first album to feature Victor Bailey replacing Jaco Pastorius as the bassist. Omar Hakim is credited with finding Bailey and percussionist José Rossy; they were all signed with Weather Report before Zawinul or Shorter even met them.
Although several previous Weather Report tracks included wordless singing, and "And Then" from Mr. Gone included brief lyrics, "Where the Moon Goes" was the band's first track including lyrics throughout, sung by members of The Manhattan Transfer. The band would continue to feature vocals on the next three albums.
Reviewing the album in Record, Steve Futterman dismissed Procession as being competently crafted but too similar to Weather Report's previous albums to be of any interest. Noting the band's change in lineup, he stated, "Integrating new members, finding what they can offer and letting them stir things up can give an established band a welcome jolt of creativity, of fresh ideas. But in Weather Report's case, the overwhelming control of co-leaders Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter has reined in the skills of bassist Victor Bailey, drummer Omar Hakim and percussionist Jose Rossy in service of highly crafted but essentially petrified music."
- "Procession" (Josef Zawinul) – 8:42
- "Plaza Real" (Wayne Shorter) – 5:30
- "Two Lines" (Zawinul) – 7:43
- "Where the Moon Goes" (Zawinul, lyrics by Nan O'Byrne and Zawinul) – 7:50
- "The Well" (Shorter, Zawinul) – 4:00
- "Molasses Run" (Omar Hakim) – 5:49