JOE ZAWINUL

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Josef Erich Zawinul (born July 7, 1932 in Vienna, Austria, died September 11, 2007 in Vienna) was a jazz keyboardist and composer. He was one of the front runners in the development of jazz fusion along with Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin and Miles Davis. Best known as the founder of the band Weather Report, with Miroslav Vitous and Wayne Shorter with whom he had previously recorded two albums as part of Davis' studio band, he also headed an ensemble called the Zawinul Syndicate.

Zawinul, along with Corea and Hancock, was one of the first to integrate electric pianos and early synthesizers like the ARP 2600 in 1973's Sweetnighter. Unlike Hancock, he didn't care much for the Minimoog. He was one of the first to use a Fender-Rhodes with a Phasing effect too and a Wah-Wah pedal. He was a perfectionist and as a result achieved a very contemporary
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JOE ZAWINUL Discography

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JOE ZAWINUL To You With Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
To You With Love
Cool Jazz 1961
JOE ZAWINUL Money in the Pocket album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Money in the Pocket
Hard Bop 1968
JOE ZAWINUL The Rise & Fall Of The Third Stream album cover 3.02 | 6 ratings
The Rise & Fall Of The Third Stream
Third Stream 1968
JOE ZAWINUL Zawinul album cover 4.10 | 5 ratings
Zawinul
Fusion 1971
JOE ZAWINUL Dialects album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Dialects
Fusion 1986
JOE ZAWINUL The Immigrants album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Immigrants
Fusion 1988
JOE ZAWINUL Black Water album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Water
Fusion 1989
JOE ZAWINUL Lost Tribes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lost Tribes
World Fusion 1992
JOE ZAWINUL My People album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
My People
World Fusion 1996
JOE ZAWINUL Stories of the Danube album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stories of the Danube
Fusion 1996
JOE ZAWINUL Mauthausen ...vom großen Sterben hören - chronicles from the ashes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mauthausen ...vom großen Sterben hören - chronicles from the ashes
Fusion 2000
JOE ZAWINUL Faces & Places album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Faces & Places
Fusion 2002
JOE ZAWINUL Absolute Zawinul (as Absolute Ensemble Featuring Joe Zawinul ) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Absolute Zawinul (as Absolute Ensemble Featuring Joe Zawinul )
World Fusion 2009

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World Tour
World Fusion 1998
JOE ZAWINUL Vienna Nights (with The Zawinul Syndicate) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vienna Nights (with The Zawinul Syndicate)
Fusion 2005
JOE ZAWINUL Brown Street album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Brown Street
World Fusion 2006
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75th
Fusion 2009

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JOE ZAWINUL Concerto Retitled album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Concerto Retitled
Hard Bop 1976
JOE ZAWINUL The Rise & Fall of the Third Stream / Money in the Pocket album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Rise & Fall of the Third Stream / Money in the Pocket
Hard Bop 1994
JOE ZAWINUL Alchimiste Visionnaire (1961-1970) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alchimiste Visionnaire (1961-1970)
Hard Bop 1997

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The 75th Birthday Show
Fusion 2008

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JOE ZAWINUL Concerto Retitled

Boxset / Compilation · 1976 · Hard Bop
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'Concerto Retitled' is a collection of music that Joe Zawinul recorded between 1965 and 1970 that was released by Atlantic in 1976 in an apparent attempt to cash in on the rising popularity of his fusion group, Weather Report. What we have on this hurriedly slapped together mess is one horn driven hard bop tune, two third stream compositions, three piano dominated numbers in a variety of older styles from swing to bop, and two 70s psychedelic fusion numbers. Most of these songs are good, but the way they are sequenced on this album makes no sense at all. If they had put the swing and hard bop on one side with the third stream and fusion numbers on another they would have had a coherent album, instead songs are thrown together with little regard for flow or coherence. This collection does give us a decent overview of the three albums that these songs are pulled from; 'Money in the Pocket', 'Rise and Fall of the Third Stream' and 'Zawinul'. 'Money in the Pocket' is a mix of swing and hard bop. Depending on the song, Zawinul's piano playing on this one can sound like Art Tatum, Bud Powell or Duke Ellington. 'Rise and Fall of the Third Stream' presents the style of music claimed in it's title with Zawinul's acoustic piano joined by a string section with compositions that fall in between Ellington styled jazz and Gershwin styled classical.

For my money though, I think the album I am going to have to get someday is 'Zawinul', the album which provides the two outstanding psychedelic fusion numbers that close this compilation. These two songs sound like the bridge between Miles' 'Big Fun' and Weather Report's first two albums, three albums on which Joe provided a lot of direction and creativity.

On the back of 'Concerto Retitled' the A&R dude at Atlantic claims he was inspired to re-release this material when he saw Zawinul play a well received acoustic piano set at a Weather Report concert. I think what really happened is that when he saw Weather Report's young fans enjoying some of Joe's older music his eyes went $$!!!

JOE ZAWINUL The Rise & Fall Of The Third Stream

Album · 1968 · Third Stream
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Joe Zawinul's third solo album, coming still from his pre-Miles/Weather Report period. Austrian born musician lived in States from 1961 and learned plenty from American jazz musicians.

This his album is very eclectic and transitional. Without big relation with "third stream", mentioned in the album's name, music there is hard bop and fusion mostly. OK, there are some some strings section's arrangements, but they sound mostly always out of place - European classical elements added without relation with musical material.

It's interesting to hear how Zawinul himself splits time between piano and electric keyboards: it very often looks like his roots are still in soul jazz and cool jazz of his previous works, but he's in seeking of something dramatically new. As a result there are melodic piano-based soulful compositions and early fusion keyboards passages (and they sound really revolutionary for 1968!).

In all, album sounds too much eclectic for my ear, more as collection of not too much successful experiments with some old and new (for the moment when this album was recorded) sounds and instruments. This album came a year before his work on Miles Davis ‘In a Silent Way’ and it is really interesting to hear how and when he found his electric keyboards' sound and techniques.One of really interesting Zawinul solo albums for his fans, but possibly not so attractive (even if far not bad at all) for others.

JOE ZAWINUL Absolute Zawinul (as Absolute Ensemble Featuring Joe Zawinul )

Album · 2009 · World Fusion
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Last Joe Zawinul album recorded before he passed away in 2007. Musically all release is based in Zawinul's post-Weather Report music,played with Absolute Ensemble, conducted by Estonian director Kristjan Järvi.It's interesting, that two members of one of most current Zawinul band's (Zawinul Syndicate) are participated on recordings as well (Congolese vocalist Sabine Kabongo and the Mauritius-born bassist Linley Marthe).

One familiar with Joe Zawinul post Weather Report music knows for many years he concentrated on world music (particularly with his Weather Update and Zawinul Syndicate). From other hand, Absolute Ensemble is known by his orchestrated reworks on many known classic composers and modern jazz and rock musicians. Combination of two gives us easy accessible but very well played and arranged orchestrated versions of Zawinul compositions with Joe himself playing keyboards (and vocoder) and big ensemble, supporting him with strings, African/Asian percussion some oriental vocals and plenty of strings and brass.

Zawinul's composed material is really melodic and quite catchy, and even under orchestral arrangements it sounds still jazzy (thanks to tasteful and not over-arranged orchestral musicianship). As main target for critics could be mentioned that Afro-Asian rhythms and tunes are used as just exotic component for quite traditional Central European orchestral music without saving their authentic potential, what really is a lost.

In all - pleasant and accessible listening with light jazzy flavor and some world scent in it.

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