Night Passage (album)

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Night Passage
Studio album by
RecordedJuly 12/13, 1980 (#1-7)
The Complex, Los Angeles
June 1980 (#8)
Osaka, Japan
GenreJazz fusion
LabelARC/ Columbia
ProducerJoe Zawinul, Jaco Pastorius
Weather Report chronology
Night Passage
Weather Report
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
Robert ChristgauC+[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[3]
High Fidelity(favourable)[4]

Night Passage is the eleventh album by Weather Report, released in 1980. The tracks were recorded in August 1980 at The Complex studios in Los Angeles (before a crowd of 250 people who can be heard on a couple of tracks),[5] except for "Madagascar", recorded live in Osaka, in June of the same year. The album introduces a new member to the band, percussionist Robert Thomas Jr. Night Passage loses the over-done production layers of some of Weather Report's earlier releases (most notably 1978's Mr. Gone). What is lost in layers of overdubs is made up in solo improvisation in the classic jazz tradition.


"Three Views of a Secret" would be rerecorded for Jaco's solo album Word of Mouth.

Track listing[edit]

1."Night Passage"Zawinul6:30
2."Dream Clock"Zawinul6:26
3."Port of Entry"Shorter5:09
5."Rockin' in Rhythm"Ellington, Mills, Carney3:02
6."Fast City"Zawinul6:17
7."Three Views of a Secret"Pastorius5:50


  • Brian Risner, George Massenburg, Jerry Hudgins - engineer
  • Joseph Futterer, Richie Powell - art direction
  • Nicholas DeVore III, Pete Turner - cover photography


  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S. (2011). "Night Passage - Weather Report | AllMusic". Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, R. (2011). "Robert Christgau: CG: weather report". Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 204. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ Weather Report: Night Passage. 31. High Fidelity. 1981.
  5. ^ At Jazzdisco

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