Weather Report / Mysterious Traveller

Darryl Jones describes Alphonso Johnson’s Fender Precision resonance on Weather Report’s magnificent Mysterious Traveller (1974) as a “bark.” He’s likely referring to Alphonso and Joe Zawinul’s “Cucumber Slumber” wherein Johnson plies double-stops and funky grooves grounded in grit, space, and harmonic genius.  On the opening cut “Nubian Sundance” Al tears off rapid-fire riffage tempered with legato countermelodies which presage the arrival of Jaco.