Mr. Gone is the ninth album by Weather Report, recorded and released in 1978. 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 appear on the final track, "And Then." Jaco Pastorius's song title "Punk Jazz" would later become the title for a posthumous compilation of his music.
The record became a center of controversy when Down Beat gave it a one-star review. According to the magazine, "Zawinul, Shorter, et al. have made the controversial music a commercial product; unfortunately [...] Weather Report has over-orchestrated its sound." However, the album was quickly certified Gold and topped out at #52 on the Billboard music charts.