Black Market (album)

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Black Market
Weather Report - Black Market.jpg
Studio album by Weather Report
Released March 1976
Recorded December 1975 – January 1976
Genre Jazz fusion, world music
Length 36:55
Label Columbia
Producer Wayne Shorter
Weather Report chronology
Tale Spinnin'
Black Market
Heavy Weather
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 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 April 1976 through Columbia Records. 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 album draws heavily from African influences and its style could be described as "world fusion". The second song, "Cannon Ball" is tribute to Zawinul's then recently deceased former band leader, saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley.

Track listing[edit]

Side A[edit]

  1. "Black Market" (J. Zawinul) – 6:28
  2. "Cannon Ball" (J. Zawinul) – 4:36
  3. "Gibraltar" (J. Zawinul) – 8:16

Side B[edit]

  1. "Elegant People" (W. Shorter) – 5:03
  2. "Three Clowns" (W. Shorter) – 3:31
  3. "Barbary Coast" (J. Pastorius) – 3:19
  4. "Herandnu" (A. Johnson) – 6:36


  • Joe Zawinul — Yamaha Grand Piano, Rhodes Electric Piano, Arp 2600 Synthesizer, Oberheim Polyphonic Synthesizer, Production, Orchestration
  • Wayne Shorter — Selmer soprano and tenor saxophones, Computone Lyricon, Co-Production

First set of sessions: A3 - B1 - B2 - B4[edit]

Second set of sessions: A1 - A2 - B3[edit]


  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. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 204. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 

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