1978 Weather Report – Mr. Gone

Mr. Gone is the ninth studio album by jazz fusion band Weather Report released in 1978 by ARC/Columbia Records. The album rose to Nos. 1 & 47 on the Billboard Jazz Albums and UK Albums charts respectively.

As the group was still looking for a drummer following the departure of Alex Acuña, outside drummers Tony Williams and Steve Gadd appear along with Peter Erskine, who would become Acuña’s replacement. Singers Deniece Williams and Maurice White also appear on the track, “And Then.” The Pastorius penned “Punk Jazz” was later the title of a posthumous compilation of Jaco Pastorius’s music.

The record became a center of controversy when Down Beat gave it a one-star review. Zawinul went on to deliver a furious response to this review during a later interview.[