About the album
Bassist Miroslav Vitous returns once more to the music of the band he co-founded at the beginning of the 1970s, re-evoking and expanding upon the highly improvisational methodology of the original Weather Report. On his earlier album Remembering Weather Report, he addressed the spirit of the old band; this time he directly addresses its repertoire.
Throughout the album Vitous leads an exceptional group, driven by two of contemporary jazz’s most creative drummers, Gerald Cleaver and Nasheet Waits, and it is intriguing to hear the ensemble turned loose on some of Weather Report’s best-known tunes, among them Joe Zawinul’s “Birdland”. Miroslav’s “Birdland Variations” reorders its sequence of themes and sets it free, rhythmically. As he explains, “One drummer plays in a 3/4 time feel while the other plays in 4/4 or free time. The combination creates a kind of tunnel, where one can play any phrase in any tempo, and it swings amazingly.” Vitous’s distinctive arco bass playing is often at the forefront of the music, offering “a hornlike lead” alongside the saxophones of Gary Campbell and Roberto Bonisolo.