Weather Report - 8:30 (1979)
Front Cover Album Info
Artist/Composer Weather Report
Title 8:30
Length 71:28 Discs: 1 Tracks: 12
Format LQ <160 kbps Packaging Jewel Case
Label Columbia/Legacy Cat. Number 80925
Style Fusion Rating
Recorded live 1979  in  Terrace Theater in Long Beach, CA (+other)
Musicians Credits
Joe Zawinul keyboards
Wayne Shorter sax tenor
Jaco Pastorius bass
Peter Erskine drums
Erich Zawinul percussion
West Los Angeles Christian Academy Children's Choir vocals
Producer Joe Zawinul
Producer Peter Erskine
Engineer Steve Hirsh
Engineer Russell Schmitt
Engineer Paul Black
Mixing Warren Dewey
Mixing John Haeny
Track list
Black Market (Zawinul) 09:40
Teen Town (Pastorius) 06:10
A Remark You Made (Zawinul) 07:59
Slang (Pastorius) 04:45
In A Silent Way (Zawinul) 02:50
Birdland (Zawinul) 07:00
Thanks For The Memory (Shorter) 03:33
Badia / Boogie Woogie Waltz (Zawinul) 09:28
8:30 (Zawinul) 02:38
Brown Street (Zawinul/Shorter) 08:33
The Orphan (Zawinul) 03:15
Sightseeing (Shorter) 05:37
Grammy, Best Jazz-Rock Album of 1979

AMG Review by Bill Meredith (4 1/2):
Weather Report is generally regarded as the greatest jazz-fusion band of all time, with the biggest jazz hit ("Birdland") from the best jazz-fusion album (1977's Heavy Weather). But the group's studio mastery sometimes overshadows the fact that it was also a live juggernaut — so don't overlook the outstanding live and studio album from 1979, 8:30. This was a rare quartet version of Weather Report, with co-leaders in keyboardist Joe Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter. The bassist was the inimitable Jaco Pastorius, the drummer a young Peter Erskine. Pastorius is otherworldly on early gems like "Black Market," the breakneck "Teen Town," and his solo showcase, "Slang" (in which he quotes Jimi Hendrix' "Third Stone From the Sun"). Shorter is most involved on the CD's slower pieces like "A Remark You Made," "In a Silent Way," and his own solo piece, "Thanks for the Memory"; Zawinul and Erskine shine on the swinging version of "Birdland" and roller coaster ride of "Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz Medley." Four studio tracks (composing what was side four of the original album version) close 8:30 with a flourish — and some surprises. Pastorius duets on drums with Zawinul on the brief title track, then plays double drums with Erskine (as Erich Zawinul plays percussion) on the playful "Brown Street." Zawinul then throws a curve with "The Orphan," dueting with Shorter as ten members of the West Los Angeles Christian Academy Children's Choir chant harmonies. The saxophonist gets in the last word, though, with his burning composition "Sightseeing" — on which he plays unison lines with Zawinul over Pastorius' rare walking bass line and Erskine's most aggressive drumming. A future jazz standard ending one of this band's standard-setting CDs.