Night Passage (album)

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Night Passage
Studio album by Weather Report
Released 1980
Recorded July 12/13, 1980 (#1-7)
The Complex, Los Angeles
June 1980 (#8)
Osaka, Japan
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 48:05
Label Columbia
Producer Joe Zawinul, Jaco Pastorius
Weather Report chronology
Night Passage
Weather Report
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[3]

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 which can be heard on a couple of tracks),[4] 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]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Night Passage"   Zawinul 6:30
2. "Dream Clock"   Zawinul 6:26
3. "Port of Entry"   Shorter 5:09
4. "Forlorn"   Zawinul 3:55
5. "Rockin' in Rhythm"   Ellington, Mills, Carney 3:02
6. "Fast City"   Zawinul 6:17
7. "Three Views of a Secret"   Pastorius 5:50
8. "Madagascar"   Zawinul 10:56


  • 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. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 204. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  4. ^ At Jazzdisco

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