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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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Article: Album Review

Bévort 3: On Fire

Read "On Fire" reviewed by Ian Patterson


After a recording hiatus of seven years, Bévort 3, the trio led by Pernille Bévort, is back. Not that the Danish saxophonist-composer has been idling. Since the release of Trio Temptations (Gateway Music, 2014), Bévort has dedicated most of her energy to expanded line-ups. Which Craft? (Gateway Music, 2016) for octet and BLIK (Self Produced, 2020) ...

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Article: Interview

Homage and Acknowledgment: A Conversation with Wallace Roney

Read "Homage and Acknowledgment: A Conversation with Wallace Roney" reviewed by AAJ Staff


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in September 2001. The following conversation took place in Wallace Roney's room at Wyndham Hotel in downtown Montreal on Sunday, July 8th 2001, the day after he performed Miles and Miles: A Musical Journey, his tribute commemorating both the seventy-fifth anniversary of ...

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Take Five with Arie Salma

Read "Take Five with Arie Salma" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Arie Salma Pianist/keyboardist/composer Arie Salma is a versatile musician who focuses on Jazz-Fusion music, many times with World influences. Born to Spanish parents in Israel, Arie was exposed to elements of flamenco, Latin, African and Mediterranean music, which he likes blending with his Jazz playing and compositions. Arie was introduced to Jazz as ...

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Black Market (Live at Montreux 1976)

Featuring the music of Weather Report
Duration: 10:24

Weather Report was founded in 1970 by musicians who had met whilst playing with Miles Davis. This Montreux Festival show from 1976 follows on from the release of their album "Black Market" but features the line-up that would release their most famous and successful album "Heavy Weather" in 1977. Previously only available as a bootleg of a TV broadcast, this new DVD release is fully authorized and has been restored to its full length.
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Article: Interview

Nathaniel Cross: Deep Vibrations

Read "Nathaniel Cross: Deep Vibrations" reviewed by Chris May


At the time of writing in summer 2021, there are a number of super-talented musicians on London's alternative jazz scene who deserve far more prominence than they have yet to achieve. Some of these players have been ill-served by their record labels. Others have only recorded as sidepersons. A few have chosen to confine their music-making ...

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Francesco Beccaro e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Francesco Beccaro e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


Il tratto principale della mia musica Alto tasso di energia, intensa, con molta improvvisazione ma anche con strutture compositive articolate. Una sorta di inedita fusion, distante dallo stereotipo generale, caratterizzata da un suono a volte volutamente grezzo ma sempre energico e suggestivo. Ogni composizione cerca di essere un messaggio chiaro e punta a coinvolgere l'ascoltatore ...

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Article: Radio

Simon Phillips, Virgil Donati, Jan Hammer and much more

Read "Simon Phillips, Virgil Donati,  Jan Hammer and much more" reviewed by Len Davis


Our Fusion fest continues with Simon Phillips and Protocol, Jan Hammer, Jean-Luc Ponty and Weather Report.Playlist Simon Phillips “Moments Of Fortune" from Protocol 2 (Phantom) 00:00 MSM Schmidt “Medusa" from Life (Laika) 07:18 Virgil Donati “Eleven Part 2" from Ruination (Gildon Music) 14:41 Jan Hammer “Red and Orange" from Oh Yeah (Nemperor) 21:57 Marc ...

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Article: Top Ten List

Top Jazz-Rock Fusion Recordings

Read "Top Jazz-Rock Fusion Recordings" reviewed by Douglas Groothuis


The emergence of jazz-rock fusion in American music in the late 1960s was controversial. To some, those who played it were traitors to the cause of jazz. Others thought it has saved jazz from extinction. Sometime in the 1960s, rock had eclipsed jazz in popularity in America, and many jazz aficionados were none too happy about ...

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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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