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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

Mike Clark: The Drummer Gets (And Gives) Some!

Read "Mike Clark: The Drummer Gets (And Gives) Some!" reviewed by Doug Collette


Drummer Mike Clark must've already had some estimable pedigree in the first place to be invited to join Herbie Hancock's seminal funk/fusion ensemble Headhunters back in the Seventies. But the man at the kit only built upon his existing prestige during his tenure with that group and then went on to expand upon his rep with ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Wayne Shorter: An Essential Top Ten Albums

Read "Wayne Shorter: An Essential Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May


At the start of September 2021, trumpeter Terence Blanchard released Absence (Blue Note), dedicated to saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter, who for health reasons had recently been obliged to retire from performing, at least temporarily. Some people celebrating their eighty-eighth birthday, as Shorter did the previous month, might not welcome being the dedicatee of an album ...

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Article: Interview

Zakir Hussain: Making Music, Part 2-2

Read "Zakir Hussain: Making Music, Part 2-2" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Part 1 | Part 2 It seemed inevitable that Zakir Hussain would collaborate with jazz musicians as the '70s unfolded. Jazz had been sidling up to Indian classical music gradually since the early '60s. In 1962, Gary Peacock and Bud Shank played on Ravi Shankar's album Improvisations (World Pacific), although this was ...

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Article: Album Review

Gerald Cleaver: Griots

Read "Griots" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Gerald Cleaver's Griots confirms just how far creative musicians have developed since the appearance of drum machines, music workstations and software modular synthesizers. A drummer by trade, Cleaver can be heard in innumerable ensembles including those of Ivo Perelman, Chris Lightcap, Steve Swell and Tomasz Stanko, to name just a few. His craft has blossomed beyond ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Joe Zawinul

Jazz Musician of the Day: Joe Zawinul

All About Jazz is celebrating Joe Zawinul's birthday today! 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 ...

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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 & Podcasts

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 & Podcasts

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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