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Joe Zawinul

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It may be a word overused but there isn't truly a more appropriate way to describe keyboardist/composer Joe Zawinul.

Austrian born, Joe Zawinul emigrated to the US in 1959 where he played with Maynard Ferguson and the great Dinah Washington before joining alto saxophonist great Cannonball Adderley in 1961 for nine years. With Adderley, Zawinul wrote several important songs, primarily the slow and funky hit "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" which reached the top on the Billboard magazine Pop Charts in 1967.

Zawinul then moved on to a brief but fateful encounter and collaboration with Miles Davis, just at the time Miles was moving into the electric arena. It was Zawinul’s tune "In a Silent Way", in fact, which served as the title track of Miles’ first electric foray, and Zawinul had a potent impact on Bitches Brew, as well.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Heavy Organ Indeed: Chester Thompson and The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Read "Heavy Organ Indeed: Chester Thompson and The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio" reviewed by Doug Collette


No less of an esteemed musical figure than Steve Winwood has waxed rhapsodic about the instrumental potential of the Hammond B3 organ. Doubtlessly Chester Thompson and Delvon Lamarr would extol the keyboard's virtues too and neither would relegate their praise to mere words either, at least based on their two albums centered around it. Witness, for ...

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Article: Radio

New releases and a feature on Scott Kinsey

Read "New releases and a feature on Scott Kinsey" reviewed by Len Davis


In this episode we feature new releases from Robin & The Woods, Cameron Graves and Australian jazz funk band Pickpocket, plus a feature on Scott Kinsey. Playlist Robin & The Woods “Dying stars Suicide Club" from Moonfall (Bramar) 00:00 Cameron Graves “Sacred Spheres" from Seven (Mack Avenue) 16:50 Pickpocket “Refraction" from Refraction (Self Produced) ...

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Article: Interview

Arthur Hnatek: On putting the EDM into Jazz & making acoustic music with electronic appeal

Read "Arthur Hnatek: On putting the EDM into Jazz & making acoustic music with electronic appeal" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Miles Davis and like-minded free-spirited vanguards of his day opened jazz up to countless influences during one of the genre's heydays in the late '60s and early '70s. Ever since, the boundaries of jazz have been broken down more radically, disseminated and increasingly blended with everything from current trends in popular music to classical music and ...

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Article: Radio

Michael Gregory Jackson, Francesca Remigi & Oles Brothers

Read "Michael Gregory Jackson, Francesca Remigi & Oles Brothers" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This show reminds me of a calzone stuffed with just about every imaginable filling. Appropriately, there's a wonderful new release from Italian drummer Francesca Remigi and her band Archipelagos. This is definitely one of the finest debuts of 2021—deep, contemporary and socially aware. The very respected guitarist, Michael Gregory Jackson, is also debuting his Frequency Equilibrium ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

The First Generation 1965-1974

Read "The First Generation 1965-1974" reviewed by John Kelman


What do guitarists Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Jon Mark, Harvey Mandel and Freddy Robinson, reed/woodwind multi-instrumentalists John Almond, Ray Warleigh, Alan Skidmore, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Red Holloway and Ernie Watts, bassists John McVie, Jack Bruce, Andy Fraser, Tony Reeves, Stephen Thompson and Larry Taylor, drummers Mick Fleetwood, Keef Hartley, Aynsley Dunbar, Jon Hiseman and Collin ...

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Article: Radio

Jazz-Rock-Fusion, Early Days: 1967-1971

Read "Jazz-Rock-Fusion, Early Days: 1967-1971" reviewed by Len Davis


We look at the early days of jazz-rock -fusion with music from 1967-1971 by Joe Zawinul Miles Davis John McLaughlin and Soft Machine. Playlist John McLaughlin “Extrapolation" from Extrapolation (Polydor) 00:00 Tony Williams Lifetime “Via The Spectrum Road" from Emergency (Verve) 07:14 Joe Zawinul “A Soul Of A Village" from The Rise And Fall ...

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Article: Profile

Roy McCurdy: From Cannonball to the Rochester Music Hall of Fame

Read "Roy McCurdy: From Cannonball to the Rochester Music Hall of Fame" reviewed by Scott Gudell


When we placed a call from New York to Los Angeles in the early part of 2021, the articulate and vibrant drummer Roy McCurdy answered and quickly connected us back to the 1950s. He told us about his hometown of jny: Rochester, New York, his early days performing with Chuck Mangione and Gap Mangione and how ...

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Article: Profile

Chick Corea: The Passing Of A Giant

Read "Chick Corea: The Passing Of A Giant" reviewed by Doug Hall


The passing of a giant in all categories of jazz. Chick Corea, NEA Jazz Master, 22-time Grammy Award winner, keyboard virtuoso as pianist, composer and arranger has earned, by contribution and breadth of musicianship, all the accolades, awards and recognition. If ever the title applied: a legendary figure in jazz. Beyond Corea's range of solo compositions ...

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Article: Album Review

Eshed Korten Biolcati Kim: A Way Out

Read "A Way Out" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


One of the more exciting scenarios in jazz unfolds when a group of players comes together, not to realize one individual's specific vision, but just for the sake of making music together and to develop a chemistry which, ideally, was there from the beginning. The group effort here presents the fruits of such an occasion. A ...


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