Mr. Gone (album)

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Mr. Gone
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1978
RecordedMay 1978
StudioDevonshire Sound Studios, North Hollywood, California
GenreJazz fusion
ProducerJoe Zawinul, Jaco Pastorius
Weather Report chronology
Heavy Weather
Mr. Gone
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[3]

Mr. Gone is the ninth studio album by jazz fusion band Weather Report released in 1978 by ARC/Columbia Records.[5] The album rose to Nos. 1 & 47 on the Billboard Jazz Albums and UK Albums charts respectively. [6][7]


As the group was still looking for a drummer following the departure of Alex Acuña, outside drummers Tony Williams and Steve Gadd appear along with Peter Erskine, who would become Acuña's replacement. Singers Deniece Williams and Maurice White also appear on the track, "And Then." The Pastorius penned "Punk Jazz" was later the title of a posthumous compilation of Jaco Pastorius's music.[8][1][9]

The record became a center of controversy when Down Beat gave it a one-star review. Zawinul went on to deliver a furious response to this review during a later interview.[10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Pursuit of the Woman with the Feathered Hat" (Zawinul) 5:03
  2. "River People" (Pastorius) 4:50
  3. "Young and Fine" (Zawinul) 6:55
  4. "The Elders" (Shorter, arranged by Zawinul) 4:21
  5. "Mr. Gone" (Zawinul) 5:26
  6. "Punk Jazz" (Pastorius) 5:09
  7. "Pinocchio" (Shorter) 2:26
  8. "And Then" (music - Zawinul, lyrics - Sam Guest) 3:22


Weather Report
Additional musicians
  • Alex Kazanegras - engineer
  • Dave Mancini - second engineer
  • Nancy Donald - cover design
  • Lou Beach - cover illustration



  1. ^ a b c Ginell, Richard S. (2011). "Mr. Gone - Weather Report | AllMusic". Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: W". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 22, 2019 – via
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 204. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: Mr Gone".
  5. ^ "Weather Report: Mr. Gone".
  6. ^ Billboard Jazz Albums. 90. Billboard Magazine. December 2, 1978. p. 56.
  7. ^ "Weather Report: Official Charts". Official
  8. ^ "Punk Jazz: The Jaco Pastorius Anthology".
  9. ^ "Weather Report: the life and times of the group on record". Jazz Wise
  10. ^ "Joe Zawinul: Sportin' Life". Jazz

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