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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: Interview

BigSpoon's Chris Engel: Intention... And Spontaneity

Read "BigSpoon's Chris Engel: Intention...  And Spontaneity" reviewed by Ian Patterson


So much goes into a debut album--a lifetime of learning, experiences and myriad influences. The music that springs forth is also often shaped in subtle and unfathomable ways that are sometimes not entirely clear even to the composer. Some musical reference points may appear obvious, others much less so, and so it is with ...

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Article: Book Review

The Extraordinary Journey Of Jason Miles: A Musical Biography

Read "The Extraordinary Journey Of Jason Miles: A Musical Biography" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


The Extraordinary Journey of Jason Miles: A Musical Biography Jason Miles 311 Pages ISBN: # 978-1-955901-13-0 Book Writing Cube 2022 Some musicians are often better known for what they can do rather than what they can play. Take Les Paul for example. Although he was an excellent musician in ...

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Article: Interview

Bill Charlap's Stardust

Read "Bill Charlap's Stardust" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in April 2002. As was evident in his first trio releases for Criss Cross, pianist Bill Charlap is genuinely interested in beauty. In his hands, even the most overt swingers seem to find melody expressed as a prime ingredient, with a lithe ...

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Article: Album Review

Mysteries Of The Revolution: Longing For The Dawn

Read "Longing For The Dawn" reviewed by Chris May


London-based jazz-rock band Mysteries of the Revolution (MOTR) is the sonic equivalent of the James Webb Space Telescope. There might be only two core musicians--keyboardist / programmer Daniel Biro and drummer / flautist BB Davis—but the sound pictures they create are at times as epic as the Webb images of distant galaxies. MOTR debuted ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Tobin Mueller

Read "Take Five with Tobin Mueller" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Tobin Mueller Connecticut-based composer, arranger, playwright and pianist Tobin Mueller has just released his 35th album: Prestidigitation, drawing on a long career of innovation and artistry. Mueller's compositions range from Jazz Fusion to Progressive Rock, Broadway musicals to Old-School Funk, Classical ballet to video games. His jazz ensemble recordings have featured legendary bassist Ron Carter, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

'80s music with John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham, Joe Zawinul, plus new releases

Read "'80s music with John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham, Joe Zawinul, plus new releases" reviewed by Len Davis


Continuing with music from the '80s with John McLaughlin and Mahavishnu, Billy Cobham and Joe Zawinul. Plus new releases from Lo Greco Brothers, Aaron Parks, Ron Trent and Alberto Rigoni.Playlist John McLaughlin “The Wait" from Adventures In Radioland (CBS) 00:00 Billy Cobham “Jackhammer" from Flight Time (Inak) 06:31 Joe Zawinul “The Harvest" from Dialects ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Early Miles Electric music, Bill Laswell Remixes and '80s Jazz Fusion

Read "Early Miles Electric music, Bill Laswell Remixes and '80s Jazz Fusion" reviewed by Len Davis


We begin with some early electric Miles Davis from The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions. Bill Laswell remix of The Music Of Miles Davis. And we explore music from the '80s with Jasper Van't Hof Live In Montreaux, Mike Mainier, The Brecker Brothers and Don Grolnick.Playlist Miles Davis “Splashdown" from The Complete In ...

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Article: Album Review

UNT One O'Clock Lab Band: Lab 2021

Read "Lab 2021" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The University of North Texas' flagship ensemble, the One O'Clock Lab Band, has been producing annual recordings for almost half a century. It has also given rise to a veritable assembly line of world-class jazz musicians, more of whom are no doubt coming of age while honing their chops on the One O'Clock's latest album, Lab ...

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Article: Book Review

Elegant People: A History Of The Band Weather Report

Read "Elegant People: A History Of The Band Weather Report" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Elegant People: A History Of The Band Weather Report Curt Bianchi 496 Pages ISBN: 978-1-4930-5999-7 Backbeat Books 2021 Few bands hold a place in jazz history quite like Weather Report, the band formed in 1971 by Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter and Miroslav Vitous. The term “jazz-fusion" could have been ...


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