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Inception and formation

Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter first met and became friends in 1959 while they were playing in Maynard Ferguson’s Big Band. Zawinul went on to play with Cannonball Adderley’s group in the 1960s, while Shorter joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and then, in 1964, Miles Davis’ second great quintet. During this decade, both men made names for themselves as being among the best composers in jazz.

Zawinul would later join Shorter in contributing to the initial fusion music recordings of Miles Davis, and both men were part of the studio groups, which recorded the key Davis albums In a Silent Way (1969) and Bitches Brew (1970). In consequence, Weather Report has often been seen as a spin-off from the Miles Davis bands of the late 1960s and early 1970s, although Zawinul was never part of Davis’s touring line-up. Weather Report was initially formed in order to explore a more impressionistic and individualistic music (or, as Zawinul put it, “away from all that eight bars shit and then you go to the bridge…”)

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Jaco, Miles, Antoine Pierre and More

Read "Jaco, Miles, Antoine Pierre and More" reviewed by Len Davis

In the first part of this week's show, we pay tribute to two great musicians whose anniversary of the passing falls in late September, Jaco Pastorius (September 21st) and Miles Davis (September 28th). The show opens with a take on Miles' Bitches Brew recorded live in Brussels by Belgian drummer Antoine Pierre. Tune in for that ...

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Meet Pat and Mike: The Jazz Bastards

Read "Meet Pat and Mike: The Jazz Bastards" reviewed by AAJ Staff

About Pat and Mike Pat and Mike host the Jazz Bastard podcast. Mike is a English professor who normally makes his home in jny: San Diego; Pat is a lawyer's helper living in Central Indiana. They met as Freshmen in college and having been bugging each other ever since. (Mike--Actually I'm a Humanities lecturer--if ...

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Meet Mike Jurkovic

Read "Meet Mike Jurkovic" reviewed by AAJ Staff

I currently live in: The hills of the Hudson Valley with Emily, the deer, the bears, the battling hummingbirds, a seasonal view of the Shawangunk Ridge, and our three cats. I joined All About Jazz in: The summer of 2017. Why did you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? I had ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Django Bates: 60+40—Charlie Parker: 100

Read "Django Bates: 60+40—Charlie Parker: 100" reviewed by Vic Albani

Nel nefasto 2020 molte celebrazioni, anniversari e festival a tema hanno dovuto arrendersi all'emergenza Covid-19 anche se, in calendario, ne sono rimasti alcuni davvero irrinunciabili. Uno di questi è il centenario della nascita del signor Charlie Parker, nato a Kansas City il 29 agosto 1920 e scomparso poi a New York nella primavera del 1955. Ad ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Steve Khan: A Rich Discography and A Priceless Left Hand

Read "Steve Khan: A Rich Discography and A Priceless Left Hand" reviewed by Jim Worsley

The life and times of guitarist extraordinaire Steve Khan stretch through a high volume of evolving chapters that fuse together like the passages of a finely crafted arrangement. An expansive conversation with Khan touched on a variety of memories. Still, this is perhaps the Reader's Digest version of the seventy-three years old musician and composer's remarkable ...

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50th Anniversary Blue Notes – August edition

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During last month's Blue Note anniversary show we ran out of time. So this week we catch up with a Hank Mobley session for Blue Note from July 31, 1970 (well, that date was 'almost-August' anyway), after opening the show with mostly twenty-first century music. Then, it's on to Grant Green, live in Newark and Wayne ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Fano Jazz by the Sea 2020

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Fano, varie sedi 24-31.7.2020 Un festival estivo in piena regola. Non è poco in epoca di Covid (...e purtroppo non possiamo ancora dire di post-Covid). Un esempio di resistenza, di sfida, di sinergica capacità organizzativa, di voglia irreprimibile di musica dal vivo, da parte di chi la suona, ma anche per chi l'ascolta. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Samuel Hällkvist: Epik Didaktik Pastoral

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Swedish guitarist Samuel Hällkvist's rifftastic electric trio plays an exhilarating mixture of jazz, prog rock and minimalist music. Riffs aside, the key ingredients are cross rhythms, rhythmic displacement and lavish servings of MIDI-enabled keyboards and tuned percussion. The result is heavy on the tension and light on the release. A close comparator is Swiss keyboard player ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2020

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal  2020" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

2020 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Various Venues Montréal, Canada June 27-30, 2020 Above all else the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is a spectacular ten-day event: with around 2 million visitors and 500 concerts on 20 stages, it is ranked as the world's largest jazz ...


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