189

Joe Zawinul: Faces & Places

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
At 70, Joe Zawinul can look back with a great deal of pride at his productive career. From Cannonball Adderley to Miles Davis, Weather Report, Zawinul Syndicate, and beyond, the Austrian-born artist has espoused many different aspects of the jazz form: always contemporary, and with a heavy emphasis on creative growth. Electronics play a major role on Faces & Places. So do languages and embedded cultural sounds from around the world.

The start of Zawinul’s career was steeped in the blues. Along the way from there to here, he’s moved away from those roots. Today’s emphasis lies with pop themes, exotic excerpts from the world-beat scene, and continued exploration into new electronic ideas. Spoken word and multi-tracking combine to provide contemporary scenes. “Café Andalusia,” for example, dies in midstream with a long, drawn-out spate of vocal acrobatics. Zawinul’s tribute to Julian Adderley relies on spoken word, accordion and a foreign tongue. Where is the natural soul that Cannonball Adderley espoused on his instrument as few others could?

“Good Day” has a lot in common with “Birdland.” To the song’s natural essence, Zawinul has added unusual wordless vocals and a hip-hop rhythm. Throughout most of the album, Zawinul’s keyboards control the atmosphere. His array of vocal shots provides something new and interesting. However, pop melodies and light rock rhythms have now taken over what the artist’s soulful roots started decades ago.


Track Listing: The Search; All About Simon; Introduction to Tower of Silence; Tower of Silence; The Spirit of Julian

Personnel: Joe Zawinul- keyboards, piano, spoken word, vocoder, keyboard bass; Paco Sery- drums, guitar, timbales, kalimba, percussion; Etienne Mbappe, Richard Bona- vocals, bass; Amit Chatterjee- vocals, guitar; Victor Bailey- bass; Nathaniel Townsley- drums; Zakir Hussain- tablas; Alex Acuna, Manolo Badrena, Rudy Regalado- percussion; Bobby Malach- tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, woodwinds; Dean Brown- guitar; Lester Benedict- trombone; Harry Kim- trumpet, flugelhorn; Maria Joao, Sabine Kabongo, Richard Page, Lori Perry, Darlene Perry, Sharon Perry, Carol Perry, Kitty Winter- vocals.

Title: Faces & Places | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: ESC Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
DVD/Film Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles

More Articles

Read Provenance CD/LP/Track Review Provenance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 17, 2017
Read No Matter Where Noir CD/LP/Track Review No Matter Where Noir
by Patrick Burnette
Published: November 17, 2017
Read Out Of Silence CD/LP/Track Review Out Of Silence
by Mark Corroto
Published: November 17, 2017
Read Plodi CD/LP/Track Review Plodi
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 17, 2017
Read Secret Language CD/LP/Track Review Secret Language
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: November 17, 2017
Read Shamat CD/LP/Track Review Shamat
by Ian Patterson
Published: November 16, 2017
Read "Numbers" CD/LP/Track Review Numbers
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 30, 2017
Read "El Toro" CD/LP/Track Review El Toro
by Roger Farbey
Published: November 20, 2016
Read "Think Ahead" CD/LP/Track Review Think Ahead
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: July 8, 2017
Read "The Behemoth" CD/LP/Track Review The Behemoth
by Roger Farbey
Published: March 11, 2017
Read "Ignacio" CD/LP/Track Review Ignacio
by Karl Ackermann
Published: December 16, 2016
Read "The Eleventet - Please Call" CD/LP/Track Review The Eleventet - Please Call
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: February 4, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.

Please support out sponsor