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Celebrating the legacy of Joe Zawinul

Read "Celebrating the legacy of Joe Zawinul" reviewed by Len Davis


Scott Kinsey, Zawinul, Steve Khan and much more. Playlist Scott Kinsey “The Combat Zone" from Kinesthetics (Abstract Logix) 00:00 Joe Zawinul “Patriots" from Live in Oakland (Self Produced) 08:32 Sixun “Ali Go Go" from Nomads Land (Polygram Jazz) 17:05 Ranjit Barot-Mohini Dey “Ekalavya" from Ekalavya (Self Produced) 25:29 Steve Khan “Guy Lafleur" from The Suitcase: Live in Koln 1997 (Tone Centre) 33:48 Al Di Meola “Cry For You" from Consequences Of Chaos (Telarc) 42:18 Al Di Meola “Broken ...

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Building a Jazz Library

Atlantic Records: More Giant Steps: An Alternative Top 20 Albums

Read "Atlantic Records: More Giant Steps: An Alternative Top 20 Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun's Atlantic Records differs in one key respect from Prestige, Riverside, Impulse!, Strata-East and Flying Dutchman, the most prominent labels covered so far in this Building A Jazz Library series. Those labels' discographies consist almost exclusively of jazz. Atlantic had parallel interests in soul and rhythm-and-blues and, later, rock. This had consequences, as we shall see in a moment. Atlantic was founded in New York in 1947 by jazz and blues enthusiasts Ahmet Ertegun, ...

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Album Review

Joe Zawinul: Faces and Places

Read "Faces and Places" reviewed by Kris Perdew


It is reassuring and life-affirming to hear in Faces and Places, a return to form for Joe Zawinul at age 70. On this album, the Austrian-born keyboardist revisits many of the themes he originally unveiled with his famous collective Weather Report three decades ago. On this exceptional set, Zawinul is joined by Cameroonian bassist and singer Richard Bona, former Shakti member Zakir Hussain on tablas and Portuguese jazz stylist Maria Joao on vocals--all luxurious complements to a core band including ...

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Album Review

Joe Zawinul: Money In The Pocket

Read "Money In The Pocket" reviewed by Chris May


Recorded in late 1965, while keyboard player Joe Zawinul was still a member of saxophonist Cannonball Adderley's band, Money In The Pocket is a remarkable album--remarkable in that gives absolutely no hint of the shape shifts that would transform Zawinul's work a few years later. The first of three albums he recorded for Atlantic, it's a conventional mix of mid-1960s hard bop and soul jazz. Trumpeter Miles Davis' revolutionary In A Silent Way (CBS), recorded in early 1969, which featured ...

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Film Review

Joe Zawinul: A Musical Portrait

Read "Joe Zawinul: A Musical Portrait" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


Joe Zawinul A Musical Portrait Arthaus Musik 2008

Joe Zawinul was a man of many parts. Player of keyboards, composer, vocalist, and boxing enthusiast: he rolled them all into one. All of these are given a close look by director Mark Kidel on A Musical Portrait.

Zawinul was born in Vienna and brought up playing classical music. But there was a far greater calling for him one that was nudged ...

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Album Review

Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate: 75

Read "75" reviewed by John Kelman


Some artists play until they drop--not always a good thing--but for Weather Report co-founder/Zawinul Syndicate leader Joe Zawinul, his life was defined by a tough stoicism. Unlike drummer Elvin Jones, whose final days were tragic in the loss of his signature strength, the groundbreaking keyboardist gigged--despite the Merkel cell carcinoma that would result in his passing on September 11, 2007--until very near the end. Based on 75--taken from gigs recorded within two months of passing--there were certainly no indicators that ...

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Album Review

Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate: 75

Read "75" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins


A gift. That's perhaps the most effective description of the late Josef (Joe) Zawinul and what he has given to the world of music. So it follows that on his 75th and final birthday, one of the pioneers of jazz fusion performed the music that would become the two-disc 75, his final recording. Zawinul was born in Austria but moved to the United States, where he played with such luminaries as Maynard Ferguson and Cannonball Adderley. It was ...


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