Black Market (Weather Report album)

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Black Market
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 11, 1976
RecordedDecember 1975 – January 1976
StudioDevonshire Sound Studios (Los Angeles)
ProducerJoe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter
Weather Report chronology
Tale Spinnin'
Black Market
Heavy Weather
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[4]

Black Market is the sixth studio album by American jazz fusion band Weather Report. Released in 1976, it was produced by Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter. It was recorded between December 1975 and January 1976 and released in March 1976 through Columbia Records.[5] Columbia released it again as a digitally remastered CD in 1991.

This is Weather Report's sixth studio album and the first to feature bass player Jaco Pastorius, who appears on two tracks, one of which was his own composition "Barbary Coast." The back cover photo shows Pastorius, Chester Thompson, and Alex Acuña with the band, although bass player Alphonso Johnson played on the majority of the record's tracks. The album draws heavily from African influences and its style could be described as "world fusion". The second track, "Cannon Ball", is a tribute to saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, Zawinul's employer for several years during the 1960s. Adderley died a few months before Black Market was recorded.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
1."Black Market"Joe Zawinul6:28
2."Cannon Ball"Zawinul4:36
Total length:19:18
Side B
4."Elegant People"Wayne Shorter5:03
5."Three Clowns"Shorter3:31
6."Barbary Coast"Jaco Pastorius3:19
7."Herandnu"Alphonso Johnson6:36
Total length:18:20


Weather Report


  • Joe Zawinul – producer
  • Wayne Shorter – co-producer
  • Ron Malo – engineer
  • Nancy Donald – cover design
  • David McMacken – cover illustration
  • Ed Caraeff – photography


  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S. "Black Market - Weather Report". AllMusic. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  2. ^ Campbell, Hernan M. (November 25, 2012). "Review: Weather Report - Black Market | Sputnikmusic". Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 204. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1475. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  5. ^ "Black Market". June 25, 2015.
  6. ^ Chester Thompson: 10 albums that define my career - "The funny part is, I actually taught Phil Collins the In The Air Tonight drum fill" - article by Stuart Williams in Music Radar, 20 February 2024

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