Weather Report was an influential jazz fusion band of the 1970s and 1980s, pitting jazz with R&B, funk, and rockelements whilestill retaining an
extremely high level of compositional and improvisational skills. Along with other groupsthat were founded byMiles Davis alumni Return to Forever,
Mahavishnu Orchestra, Herbie Hancock's group, WeatherReport was one of the greatestinnovators 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.