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Weather Report: Live at Montreux 1976

Previously available only as a bootleg of a French television broadcast, Weather Report’s Live at Montreux 1976 DVD may cause even more excitement among those who’ve seen this footage than those who haven’t. That’s because even the bootleg’s imperfections couldn’t mask an epic performance by the lineup that would record its benchmark album, Heavy Weather, a few months later.

Aside from better audio and video quality, occasional alternate camera angles and a bonus track, this is the same program as its bootleg predecessor. Bassist Jaco Pastorius recorded with the band on its 1976 album Black Market, and debuted onstage just two months earlier. He’s grinning ear-to-ear three minutes in during saxophonist Wayne Shorter’s “Elegant People.”

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