4 Th Daily Tar Heel Tuesday. November 15. 1977
Weather Report, Burton: all that jazz on the hill
Weather Report saxophonist Wayne Shorter (left) provided a solid counterpoint to
cofounder Josef Zawinul's electronic mastery on the synthesizer as the group
dazzled a Carmichael Auditorium audience Friday night. Jaco Pastorius (right)
excited the crowd with his showmanshio on bass. Staff photo by Mike Sneed.
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Jazz, like winter, descended on Chapel
Hill with a vengeance over the weekend.
Two of the stellar attractions in the jazz
world. Weather Report and Gary Burton,
were in town (not to mention Count Basie
and Ella Fitzgerald at Duke). And if the
attendance and receptions afforded both
artists are indications, jazz music will
continue to be a profitable enterprise in
Chapel Hill, for audiences and entrepreneurs
Weather Report played for two-and-one-half
glorious hours at Carmichael
Auditorium Friday night. After hearing so
many horror stories about the poor acoustics
at Carmichael, I was apprehensive. But,
from the floor at least, the sound was
surprisingly good. Carnegie Hall it isn't, and
perhaps some of the details were lost in the
steel rafters, but Weather Report's music is a
subtle blend of textures, and that quality
came through loud and clear.
Josef Zawinul on keyboards and Wayne
Shorter on soprano and tenor saxophone
form the core of Weather Report. Zawinul, a
perennial Downbeat poll winner for his
synthesizer work, showed why Friday night.
From the din of a thousand thunderstorms
to a hint of shimmering rainbows, he
displayed a knowledge of the vast creative
potential of the instrument unheard in the
great majority of synthesizer players today.
Punk rock's Dead
The first question that comes to my mind
is this: just what in the hell is going on here?
After hearing and reading all the atrocities
about the British punk rock movement. I
couldn't resist seeing if it was all true. By
random choice from the Record Bar, I came
up with the newest release from a band
known as Dead Boys, entitled Young, l.oiul
and Snotty. If nothing else, the title is most
appropriate. I really cannot decide between
the words repulsive and disgusting in
describing the "music." so I'll use them both,
if I may.
For those of you more fortunate who have
not yet come in contact with punk rock, let
me offer you this small warning: IT IS
DETERMINED THAT PUNK ROCK IS
BOTH DEGRADING TO THE WORLD
OF MUSIC AND HAZARDOUS TO
YOUR HEALTH. Seriously, these guys
have got to be kidding w ith this stuff. Dead
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It is Zawinul who is mainly responsible for
Weather Report's overall sound a style
that can only be described metaphorically.
As delicate but deadly as a spider's web? As
unique as a single snowflake? Insufficient.
Weather Report is a state of mind an
experience to w hich the printed page cannot
Shorter provides a solid counterpoint to
Zawinul's electronic meanderings. In
contrast. to Zawinul, who is surrounded by
keyboards, Shorter is simply a man and his
horn. He requires no more. On soprano sax,
he shows that he is a musician who really
understands improvisation. His solos,
particularly on his own composition, "A
Remark You Made," were logical and
pleasing. On stage at Carmichael, the
musical symbiosis between the two men,
which is the guiding force behind Weather
Report, was obvious.
Surprisingly enough, however, the
unquestionable star of the show was bassist
Jaco Pastorius. H e thrilled the audience with
his flair for showmanship, dancing around
the stage with his bass guitar; loving every
minute of it. Aside from his strong stage
presence, for a young man in his early 20s he
is an amazingly accomplished musician. The
bass can be a boring instrument, but Jaco
plays it like the Boston Symphony. In an
extended solo spot, he put forth an
impressive range of tonal qualities and
dynamics, and kept it interesting. He is not
Boys come alive
Loud and Snotty'; how
Boys consists of five obviously deranged
young idiots u ho think that this noise they're
making actually is going to change the
political structure of Parliament. The
personnel is most' impressive: Stiv Bators is
belching out the vocals (notice 1 didn't say
lyrics. I'm not really sure there are any
lyrics), joined by Cheetah Chrome on lead
guitar. Jimmy Zero on rhythm guitar. Jeff
Mangum on bass guitar and Johnny Blitz on
the drums. It's produced byGenyaRavan -obviously
a real genius.
-By GIL TEMPLETON
Young, Loud and Snotty
The Dead Boys
These guys are into really hip things such
as bathing once every six months, wrapping
old bicycle chains around their throats and
throwing up in public. It's rumored that
Chrome eats nothing but peanut butter and
vinegar. What is going on?!
Well. I guess I gotta talk about the album.
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satisfied to be the "bottom," just another
member of the rhythm section. He composes
for his instrument ("Teen Town") and
improvises well. He is already a musical
force to be reckoned with. Stanley Clarke
had better practice.
Alejandro Acuna on drums and
percussion rounded out the band at
Carmichael. Manolo Badrena, the other
percussionist, had left the band a short time
The forecast for Weather Report is
promising. According to their road
manager, two of their recent concerts in
London, a stop on their recent European
tour, were recorded. It is very likely that their
next album will be at least half live,
depending on the quality of the tapes. He
also said that Zawinul, Shorter and
Pastorius are all working on solo efforts. So
1978 should be a banner year for Weather
Although notoriously inconsistent in
concert, the audience at Carmichael saw a
show that was positive proof of Weather
Report's dominant influence in
If Carmichael was filled with heavy
weather Friday night, the Mad Hatter was
an intimate showcase for the more cerebral
jazz of vibraphonist Gary Burton Sunday
Burton, although still labeled as a"young"
player, has been around since the early '60s,
Side one starts off with a catchy little tune
known as "Sonic Reducer." If your normal
stereo listening volume is say five and a half,
put this on about two. Lots of guitar, lots of
distortion and nothing else. The side
continues with what I guess are supposed to
be different songs "All This and More,"
"What Love Is," "Not Anymore."and"Ain't
Nothin' to Do." The only things pleasing
about the side are the silent, empty grooves
between tracks. Nothing really changes in
the cuts except maybe the tempo and how
often Bators happens to burp into the
Side two starts off just as constructively.
Track one is titled "Caught with the Meat in
your Mouth." Need I say anymore about
that one? The only inkling of musical
thought comes in the second cut "Hey Little
Girl," the only song on the album not written
by the group. But that only lasts three
minutes and we're back to junk. The third
cut is "1 Need Lunch" and with that 1 took
the album off. M y speakers always have been
nice to me. so why should I subject them to
this. But. 1 guess it's all for the cause. . .
Some will say that I've been unreasonably
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when he served apprenticeships with George
Shearing and Stan Getz. He is a musician's
musician his melodies are lovely, his
improvision challenging and his technique
Burton's current band consists of former
Bill Cobham-guitarist John Scoficld, former
Chuck Mangione-drummer John
LaBarbera, and long-time member Steve
Swallow on electric bass. All are extremely
competent, but Scofield stood out on guitar.
His fluid solos on a Gibson hollow-body
guitar were impressive in their
It is Burton himself, however, who
dominates the stage. His brilliance on vibes
cannot be questioned. His solo numbers
were greeted with enthusiastic standing
The Mad Hatter is to be commended for
bringing Burton and company to town. They
provided a warm club atmosphere and
perfect acoustics for his very personal music.
Apparently this was the first in a series of
major jazz concerts at the club. If Burton's
appearance was an experiement, it was very
successful. It is to be hoped that the Mad
Hatter will continue to bring jazz artists of
his caliber to Chapel Hill.
Chapel Hill came alive last weekend with
two of the very best artists the jazz world has
to offer. If we are very lucky, the trend might
continue. We need some hot music to get us
through the cold winter ahead.
true it is
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Young, Loud and Snotty is the title of the
latest Dead Boys album. It also appears
to be the punk rock group's motto.
harsh on these young men, and my only
answer will bethat they are exactly right. My(
point behind all this is that I feel like I have to
discourage this type of thing. Music is an
entertaining, meaningful form of expression
and when that expression becomes an
undesirable element, it cannot be
encouraged. In my opinion, this album and
the whole punk rock scene is. definitely
undesirable. We don't need this. With all the
music that you can listen to today and really
enjoy, this stuff Dead Boys, the Sex
Pistols, the H-Bombs, or whoever is just
not worth the vinyl it's put on. Leave it alone.
We've all got better things to do. Excuse me,
1 have to pierce my face. . . .
The Friends of the Playmakers will hold a
new membership meeting at 8 tonight in 216
Graham Memorial. This organization is
open to anyone interested in making the
PRC a more integral part of the community.
The meeting is to discuss future services to be
offered by the Friends, including
transportation to the theatre for senior
citizens and tours of the new Paul Green
Theatre. Interested persons are urged to