Weather Report was an influential jazz fusion band of the 1970s and 1980s, pitting jazz with R&B, funk, and rockelements while
still retaining an extremely high level of compositional and improvisational skills. Along with other groupsthat were founded by
Miles Davis alumni Return to Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Herbie Hancock's group, WeatherReport was one of the greatest
innovators of the jazz fusion genre at that time. They were also the most long-lived andperhaps the most artistically successful
(as cited by Ken Burns) of the four groups.