Black Market (Weather Report album)

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Black Market
Weather Report - Black Market.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 11, 1976
RecordedDecember 1975 – January 1976
GenreJazz fusion, world music
ProducerJoe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter
Weather Report chronology
Tale Spinnin'
Black Market
Heavy Weather
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[3]

Black Market is an instrumental jazz fusion album released by Weather Report in 1976. This album was produced by Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter. It was recorded in December 1975 and released in March 1976 through Columbia Records.[4] Columbia released it again as a digitally remastered CD in 1991.

This is Weather Report's seventh overall album and the first with the bass player Jaco Pastorius who features on two tracks. The back cover photo shows Pastorius, Chester Thompson and Alex Acuña with the band, although Alphonso Johnson played on more than half of the record. The album draws heavily from African influences and its style could be described as "world fusion". The second track, "Cannon Ball", is tribute to Zawinul's then recently deceased former band leader, saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Black Market" (J. Zawinul) – 6:28
  2. "Cannon Ball" (J. Zawinul) – 4:36
  3. "Gibraltar" (J. Zawinul) – 8:16
  4. "Elegant People" (W. Shorter) – 5:03
  5. "Three Clowns" (W. Shorter) – 3:31
  6. "Barbary Coast" (J. Pastorius) – 3:19
  7. "Herandnu" (A. Johnson) – 6:36




  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S. "Black Market - Weather Report | AllMusic". Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  2. ^ Campbell, Hernan M. (25 November 2012). "Review: Weather Report - Black Market | Sputnikmusic". Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 204. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
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