Mr. Gone is the ninth studio album by jazz fusion band Weather Report. Released in 1978 the album rose to 52 & 47 on the Billboard 200 and UK Albums charts respectively.
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.
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.
- "The Pursuit of the Woman with the Feathered Hat" (Zawinul) 5:03
- "River People" (Pastorius) 4:50
- "Young and Fine" (Zawinul) 6:55
- "The Elders" (Shorter, arranged by Zawinul) 4:21
- "Mr. Gone" (Zawinul) 5:26
- "Punk Jazz" (Pastorius) 5:09
- "Pinocchio" (Shorter) 2:26
- "And Then" (music - Zawinul, lyrics - Sam Guest) 3:22
- Weather Report
- Joe Zawinul - modified Rhodes 88 electric piano, acoustic piano, two ARP 2600 synthesizers, Oberheim polyphonic synthesizer, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 synthesizer, Mu-Tron Bi-Phase and Mu-Tron Volume Wah effects, kalimba, thumbeki drums, sleigh bells, melodica, high hat, voice (tracks 1 and 5)
- Wayne Shorter - Tenor, alto and soprano saxophone, voice (track 1)
- Jaco Pastorius - Bass, drums (tracks 1 and 2), timpani (track 2), voice (tracks 1, 2 and 6)
- Peter Erskine - Drums (tracks 1 and 7), hi hat (track 3), voice (track 1)
- Additional musicians
- Alex Kazanegras - engineer
- Dave Mancini - second engineer
- Nancy Donald - cover design
- Lou Beach - cover illustration