Written By Braddon S. Williams
Weather Report: Heavy Weather
Weather Report made this list on the strength of their 1977 release, Heavy Weather.
More specifically, Weather Report is here due to the bass playing of one Jaco Pastorius, who was the bass playing equivalent of Jimi Hendrix.
Pastorius played fretless bass, and in a band that included Wayne Shorter on saxophone and Joe Zawinul on keyboards (2 alumni from Miles Davis bands), he still managed to stand out as the most valuable player.
Jazz fusion was in its golden age when this album came out, and the leadoff track, Birdland, was one of the biggest songs ever in that genre. Other classics included Teen Town, A Remark You Made, and Havona.