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Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Counterfit, Sep 12, 2007.
Man, first Max Roach, then Pavarotti, now Zawinul makes the third.
Heavy Weather is one of the greatest fusion albums ever produced IMO. Zawinul's passing is definitely a huge loss.
Man... I agree 100% with that. "Birdland" may be the single that gets notice (and I truly love it) but the entire album is one of my all time favorites.
Joe's music was imaginative, brilliant, intellectual, funky, and he had an amazing yet understated piano technique. He was the first guy who really mastered the analog synthesizer as an instrument of jazz orchestration. Improvisationally, he always sacrificed his chops for musicality. As a composer of electric jazz his only real peer was his bandmate Wayne Shorter.
He was a visionary. Some of the earliest (if not the earliest) jazz/world fusion hybrid music was his.
I love his quote about his band Weather Report: "We always solo, we never solo." If you've never heard them, this won't make any sense...if you have, you know exactly what he meant!
I'm somewhat surprised that the article didn't mention Jaco Pastorius, who was just monster and/or Bass God...