Weather Report, 08 July 1976, Montreux

The first time I had the opportunity to witness Weather Report in concert was July 8, 1976, that is 40 years ago today.
This concert is one of my best musical memories as a listener. It was filmed and can be found on DVD.
It can also also be found on YouTube.
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Billy Cobham & George Duke, July 6 1976, Montreux

July 6, 1976, I attended this concert of the Billy Cobham & George Duke Band, at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
I had already seen Billy Cobham play with the Mahavishnu Orchestra as well as with his own band.
I had seen George Duke play with Frank Zappa twice, and here he was trying to recreate some of the atmosphere that used to happen on stage with Zappa.
Alphonso Johnson was Weather Report's bassist before he was replaced by Jaco Pastorius.
It was the first time I saw John Scofield, who has now become one of the most renown guitarists.
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Mort un dimanche de pluie

In 1986, I appeared as a studio drummer in the French film, "Mort un dimanche de pluie" (Death on a Rainy Sunday), which was shot in the Geneva area.
This is a thriller about a psycho looking for revenge and it's a pretty dark film. The music scenes where taken in three days, in a warm and friendly atmosphere, so I have good memories of these days. The rest of the film is pretty tense.
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Improvisation in 3/4

Improvisation in 3/4 with my friend Eduardo Machado.
Our goal here is to experiment with rhythm, so this is just a practice session.
We start with a simple rhythmic motif and we let ourselves go were it leads us.
Anything goes!
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Once And For All

Funk Track

Playing along this fun(k) track, to test my new overhead microphones.
The track is pretty short, so there's four consecutive takes.

Awakening

Frank Gambale - guitar
Tom Coster - keyboards
Jimmy Earl - bass
Mike Fahn - trombone
Alain Rieder - drums

Live in Zurich (Switzerland), 1992

Spending Sunday With You

Frank Gambale - guitar
Tom Coster - keyboards
Jimmy Earl - bass
Mike Fahn - trombone
Alain Rieder - drums

Live in Zurich (Switzerland), 1992

Give Me Your Love



Drums recorded direct to two tracks with three microphones (two PZM mics and a bass-drum mic).
Credits for the playalong track: drumless version of the Tower of Power song "Give Me Your Love", from David Garibaldi's package "The Code of Funk".

New Boots

Frank Gambale - guitar
Tom Coster - keyboards
Jimmy Earl - bass
Mike Fahn - trombone
Alain Rieder - drums

Live in Zurich (Switzerland), 1992


Samba Di Somewhere

Frank Gambale - guitar
Tom Coster - keyboards
Jimmy Earl - bass
Mike Fahn - trombone
Alain Rieder - drums

Live in Zurich (Switzerland), 1992


Europa

Frank Gambale - guitar
Tom Coster - keyboards
Jimmy Earl - bass
Mike Fahn - trombone
Alain Rieder - drums

Live in Zurich (Switzerland), 1992


The Natives are Restless

Frank Gambale - guitar
Tom Coster - keyboards
Jimmy Earl - bass
Mike Fahn - trombone
Alain Rieder - drums

Live in Zurich (Switzerland), 1992