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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Joe Zawinul: Brown Street

Read "Brown Street" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

If you're looking to relax and maybe have a little background music to help you snooze, don't go near Brown Street, the new release by Austrian-born Joe Zawinul. If, on the other hand, you need a pick-me-up, this is it. Revisiting some of his past hits and backed by the WDR Big Band, Zawinul reiterates that he's an exceptional musician and songwriter. Zawinul's career has spanned more than four decades. Among the jazz icons he has performed ...

INTERVIEW

Joe Zawinul: Still Stirring Up The Weather

Read "Joe Zawinul: Still Stirring Up The Weather" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

“The music seemed fresh. If any of those bands stayed fresh, it was Weather Report, the band of the '70s and early '80s, says legendary keyboardist Joe Zawinul, cofounder, with Wayne Shorter, of the seminal fusion band that leaped to the forefront of the music during that time and hurled it around the globe, winning legions of fans as well as accolades from the critics and media.Weather Report hasn't played since 1985 when Shorter and Zawinul decided to ...


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