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