Night Passage (album)

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Night Passage
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1980
RecordedJune 29, 1980 (#8)
July 12/13, 1980 (#1-7)
VenueFestival Hall, Osaka, Japan
StudioThe Complex (Los Angeles)
GenreJazz fusion
ProducerJoe Zawinul, Jaco Pastorius
Weather Report chronology
Night Passage
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Robert ChristgauC+ [2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide [3]
High Fidelity(favourable)[4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[5]

Night Passage is the ninth studio album by Weather Report, released in 1980. The tracks were recorded on July 12 and 13, 1980 at The Complex studios in Los Angeles (before a crowd of 250 people who can be heard on a couple of tracks),[6] except for "Madagascar", recorded live at the Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan on June 29 of the same year.

The album introduces a new member to the band, namely percussionist Robert Thomas Jr. Night Passage dials back the elaborate production of some of Weather Report's earlier releases (most notably 1978's Mr. Gone). What is lost in overdubs is made up in solo improvisation in the classic jazz tradition.


The 7th track on the album "Three Views of a Secret" would be re-recorded for Jaco Pastorius' second solo studio album entitled Word of Mouth (1981).

Critical reception[edit]

Richard S. Ginell of Allmusic gave a four out of five stars review saying "All things being relative, this is Weather Report's straight-ahead album, where the elaborate production layers of the late-'70s gave way to sparer textures and more unadorned solo improvisation in the jazz tradition, electric instruments and all."[1] Don Heckman of High Fidelity called Night Passage "one of the finest albums Weather Report has ever made".[4]

Night Passage was Grammy-nominated in the category of Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or Instrumental.[7] However, the album did not win the award in this category.

Track listing[edit]

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


Weather Report
  • Brian Risner, George Massenburg, and Jerry Hudgins – engineering
  • Joseph Futterer and Richie Powell – art direction
  • Nicholas DeVore III and Pete Turner – cover photography


  1. ^ a b Ginell, Richard S. (2011). "Weather Report - Night Passage (1980) album review, credits & releases | 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. ^ a b Heckman, Don (February 1981). "Weather Report: Night Passage". Vol. 31. High Fidelity. p. 102. {{cite magazine}}: Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1475. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  6. ^ Weather Report - Night Passage (1980) album at
  7. ^ "Weather Report". The Recording Academy.

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