‘Procession’ is the eleventh studio album released by legendary American jazz fusion giants Weather Report. The album was released in February 1983 and is the first Weather Report studio release to feature sung lyrics throughout a song, more specifically on the track ‘Where The Moon Goes’ which were provided by Grammy-award winning jazz vocal group The Manhattan Transfer.
‘Procession’ was produced by co-frontmen Josef ‘Joe’ Erich Zawinul (keyboards) and Wayne Shorter (saxophone) and was released through Colombia Records. It has total length of 39 minutes and 36 seconds. The cover artwork for the album was provided by John Lykes whereas Bruce Talamon was in charge of photography. In terms of engineering, Neil Dorfsman, Tom Fouce, Mitch Gibson, and Tom Miller ensured the recording sessions took place well in technical regards and that each track was properly mixed and mastered.
‘Procession’ has 6 tracks as follows:
- Procession (the title track which was composed by Joe Zawinul)
- Plaza Real (composed by Wayne Shorter)
- Two Lines (composed by Joe Zawinul)
- Where the Moon Goes (composed by Joe Zawinul with lyrics and vocals provided by The Manhattan Transfer)
- The Well (composed by Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter)
- Molasses Run (composed by Omar Hakim)
The line-up of the band for the recording sessions of this album was the following one:
- Joe Zawinul (keyboards)
- Wayne Shorter (saxophone)
- Omar Hakin (drums, guitar, and vocals)
- Victor Bailey (bass guitar)
- José Rossy (percussion and concertina)
In terms of its critical reception, the album has been met with mixed yet mostly favourably reviews by Record, Allmusic, The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide, and The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings.
Down below you can listen to the entire studio album via Youtube, track by track, courtesy of Weather Report Music: