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  Guardian | Joe Zawinul, Vienna Nights
When Joe Zawinul's band played at the 2004 Cheltenham jazz festival and then at Ronnie Scott's, it sounded, in the heat of those moments, like a hot contender for best world-jazz ensemble on the planet.
Zawinul's deservedly acclaimed last album, the biographical Faces and Places, was a little ahead of this one in idiomatic range: it intentionally touched on the composer's many influences, from classical music to African choirs to hard bop.
All the uptempo music is driven by Zawinul's trademark underpinnings of racing percussion (old Weather Report partner Manolo Badrena is on hand-drums, the remarkable Nathaniel Townsley on the kit), agile Jaco Pastorius-like bass figures and mechanistic rhythm-guitar clatter.
www.guardian.co.uk /print/0,3858,5197162-110760,00.html   (533 words)

 Jazz-Rock Artists
Indeed, Joe Zawinul hasn't lost a step, as evidenced by his typically torrid solos, razor-sharp attack and grand orchestral keyboard arrangements throughout this exhilarating live two-cd set, which documents the current edition of his Zawinul Syndicate in full stride and showcases the master at the helm of his most powerful band since Jaco-era Weather Report.
Joe Zawinul, at the age of 70, has brought forth an album that continues to celebrate his endless delight in exploring music from around the world.
Zawinul's curiosity and openness to all kinds of sounds made him one of the driving forces behind the electronic jazz-rock revolution of the late '60s and '70s -- and later, he would be almost alone in exploring fusions between jazz-rock and ethnic music from all over the globe.
www.pritchardschool.com /jazzrock/artists-joe.html   (5350 words)

 Biography - Joe Zawinul   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Joe Zawinul is quite simply one of the most resourceful, soulful, and influential jazz artists to have emerged from Europe.
Joe’s immersion in jazz continued and he migrated to the U.S. in 1959, on a scholarship from what was then Berklee School of Music.
Joe has been a restless explorer of other musical cultures and textures, and he does it all with a keen sense of globalism grounded in soulful expression.
www.iaje.org /ejfo_bio.asp?ArtistID=65   (604 words)

 Joe Zawinul
Joe Zawinul is perhaps the best-known and most influential keyboardist in jazz.
The Pepe (Zawinul's nickname when he was a kid) is an instrument custom-made for Zawinul by Korg in the mid-1980s, exemplifying the fact that the Austrian is a high-profile endorsee of the company.
Zawinul explains that the different formats are present partly for financial reasons (although the equipment in The Music Room may suggest otherwise, the Zawinuls are working on a limited budget), while some of the studio's gear, such as the Korg and the M Audio equipment, was come by through sponsorship deals.
www.soundonsound.com /sos/Jun03/articles/joezawinul.asp?session=ebff04eb15a586ab8b0914b84417dc1a   (5446 words)

 Weather Report - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The band was originally a spin-off from the group of musicians associated with Miles Davis in the late sixties and early seventies.
The stable core of the group was the duo of pianist Joe Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, while the other musicians were rotated with almost every album.
Reedman Wayne Shorter furthered on his pioneering soprano sax work and both Zawinul and original bassist Miroslav Vitouš experimented with rock guitarists' electronic effects, Zawinul on electric piano and organ, Vitouš on upright bass, often bowed, as a second horn-like voice.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Weather_Report   (471 words)

 Joe Zawinul: Faces & Places
With Zawinul’s compositions and electric keyboard work a key element, the group managed to become extremely popular without alienating jazz fans and managing to incorporate a variety of elements into their sound that would influence fusion and other musical formats for some time to come.
“Good Day” is a Zawinul improvisation that demonstrates not only his complete mastery of the keyboard but also his ability to program voices that are organic and compliment the musical structure he is trying to build rather than calling attention to themselves as electronically-generated sounds.
Now 70 years old, Joe Zawinul plays with the commitment, drive, and enthusiasm of a man less than half his age.
www.jazzitude.com /blzawinul_faces.htm   (960 words)

 Joe Zawinul
In fact, I credit Zawinul with single-handedly demonstrating that fusion is not a sop to the masses enchanted with electronics, but rather a field of possibility quite worthy of exploration.
Zawinul had emigrated from Austria to the U.S. in 1958 to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston, but, after the fashion of the excessively talented and the ever-restless, he left soon to join Maynard Ferguson and, before joining Adderley in 1961, sandwiched in stints with Harry "Sweets" Edison, Dinah Washington and Slide Hampton.
There emerged the Zawinul Syndicate, which further explored the possibilities of electronics wedded with a kind of global sensibility, particularly the rhythms of Africa and Zawinul's native Europe, a music which, one must suppose, most naturally finds its niche under the general heading of world music.
www.skyjazz.com /commentaries/zawinul.htm   (1001 words)

 Weather Update--Zawinul in Transition
Zawinul also recorded his own album, Dialects, a virtual synthesizer tour de force that was reissued on CD by Sony in 2002.
Zawinul went on to say that Bailey and percussionist-vocalist Mino Cinelu would remain in the band, while Erskine would replace Hakim, and guitarist John Scofield would replace Shorter.
Nevertheless, Weather Update saw Zawinul incorporate elements that would become hallmarks of the Zawinul Syndicate, such as Zawinul's electronically processed vocalizations, and the use of the electric guitar more as a rhythmic component than a harmonic one.
www.binkie.net /zawinul/weather_update.html   (1301 words)

 www.zawinulfans.org - Interview to Joe Zawinul (July 18, 2000)
Joe: I don't know; you see, i mean i've been very busy, i also made a studio recording which is a very important record, it's called Mauthausen.
Joe: I have made seven hundred compositions in the last two years, so we have many very good things, we are examining forty songs for the next CD.
Joe: Chatterjee is not so new; he played with me two times before, the first time six years ago, and...
www.zawinulfans.org /english/interview2000.htm   (2142 words)

 Joe Zawinul - IMN World
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.
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.
www.imnworld.com /IMN/artist_view/19   (703 words)

 Poorly written Captain Ron wastes Kurt Russell's talents   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Zawinul displayed his usual mastery of his six synthesizers, producing sounds that were truly unlike any produced acoustically, yet did not sound "electronic" or artificial.
Zawinul then turned the stage over to his sidemen, who played a fast-driving piece demonstrating their virtuosity and showcasing the bass player in particular.
Zawinul added his voice (through a vocoder), and the piece ended climactically with a bamboo flute solo by the hand drummer.
www-tech.mit.edu /V112/N43/zawinul.43a.html   (608 words)

 RelishNow | New Music Reviews: Joe Zawinul, Ludacris, Scott Stapp, Speech, Animal Collective   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Keyboardist and composer Joe Zawinul initially made his mark in jazz through his work with Cannonball Adderley and Miles Davis, but it was his time as the leader of Weather Report for which he is best known.
Zawinul has continued to create vibrant and innovative music since the demise of Weather Report, a fine-tuning of his love of global music, groove and the grandeur of Duke Ellington’s arrangements, which he skillfully adapts to his arsenal of keyboards.
And the vitality of the aging Zawinul (he is in his 70s) continues to amaze as he sprints from ferociously funky songs to hyperkinetic swing tempos to pin-drop ballads, adorning all with inventive keyboard arrangements.
www.journalnow.com /servlet/Satellite?pagename=WSJ/MGArticle/WSJ_RelishArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1137833821164   (1172 words)

 Zawinul brews up a storm at Yoshi's   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Inside Yoshi's, however, the audio atmosphere was stormy, the thunderous Zawinul Syndicate's rhythm section (jazz drums, Latin percussion, electric bass, electric guitar) roaring, and multikeyboardist Joe Zawinul was hurling cascading bolts of notes and anthem-like pipe organ chords into the percussive maelstrom.
The Zawinul Syndicate is a real band, a quintet that thinks alike, is constantly integrating new instrumental ideas into the mix, and a group whose explosive spontaneity draws whistles, shouts, foot-stomping and stand-up responses throughout a performance.
Zawinul says, "Paco Sery is the best drummer in the world," and Yoshi's audience would agree.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/examiner/archive/1997/08/28/STYLE1757.dtl   (544 words)

 Joe Zawinul: Man of the people
Zawinul's reputation for creating trailblazing music is what attracted the stellar cast of world musicians—32 in all—who appear on My People.
It was Zawinul's unquenchable thirst to continue creating music without borders that motivated him to leave the Sony Music label after a three-decade association.
Veasley shares that perception, but notes that Zawinul's fierce devotion to his work is tempered by a more jovial and playful side too—one revealed during the course of this interview.
www.innerviews.org /inner/zawinul.html   (7304 words)

 JacoPastorius.com Discussion Boards - Zawinul to release two CD's (inc. Continuum)
It was recorded live during their sold-out, two-week tour in October and November that included a week-long engagement at Joe Zawinul's Birdland in Vienna, as well as performances at the Salzburg Jazz Fest, Leverkusen Jazz Fest, Berliner Jazztage, Madrid Festival and Valladolid Fest in Spain.
Joe also gives high praise to the rhythm section that accompanied the big band, consisting of Nathaniel Townsley III on drums, Alex Acuña on percussion, Victor Bailey on bass and Tokyo-born guitarist Paul Shigihara.
Joe said that at Birdland, where the sax section was in front of him and couldn't see him, one of the sax players took signals from Joe and relayed them to the rest of the horns.
www.jacopastorius.com /interact/discussions/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2443   (568 words)

 Zawinul   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Joe Zawinul (of course) made another band, when Weather Report split up in 1986.
Joe tells, that Sony Music is planning a Weather Report album with live recordings of unreleased material.
Zawinul has also tried out with classical music - with a whole philharmonic orchestra ("Stories of the Danube", 1996).
www.noah2900.dk /zawinul.htm   (201 words)

 Pop & Jazz - October 1996
Zawinul's lower profile in America since Weather Report disbanded, in 1985, should be history after his recent flurry of activity.
Zawinul moves among keyboards, pepe (a wind-driven synthesizer), acoustic guitar, and his own vocals, creating a universal stew in which improvisation is just one ingredient.
Joe Louis Walker, with an occasional appearance by Dave Maxwell on piano, Cotton leaves a lot of air in the music, letting the warm tones in the wood of the acoustic instruments resonate while his blues harp adds an element of sass to the contemplative atmosphere.
www.theatlantic.com /ae/96oct/96octpj.htm   (848 words)

 Joe Zawinul - Zawinul: Reviews, Track Listing, Audio Clips, and more ||| Music.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Conceptually, sonically, this is really the first Weather Report [+] album in all but name, confirming that Joe Zawinul [+] was the primary creative engine behind the group from the beginning.
It is also the link between WR and Miles Davis' keyboard-laden experiments on In a Silent Way [+]; indeed, the tune "In a Silent Way" is redone in the more complex form in which Zawinul envisioned it, and Miles even contributes a brief, generous tribute to Joe on the liner.
Two keyboardists -- Zawinul and the formidable Herbie Hancock [+] -- form the underpinning of this stately, probing album, garnishing their work with the galactic sound effects of the Echoplex and ring modulator.
www.music.com /release/zawinul/1   (298 words)

 Joe Zawinul: Dialects (Remastered) - All CDs $5.99 and Free Shipping at yourmusic.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
If Joe Zawinul was out to prove that he didn't need Weather Report anymore, he succeeded spectacularly in this virtual one-man show.
Zawinul recorded many of the vocals (assisted now and then by Bobby McFerrin and a vocal trio) and all of the synthesizer and rhythm machine tracks himself in his Pasadena home studio, yet the results are anything but mechanical.
Zawinul in fact achieves a rare thing: He manages to get his stacks of electronics to swing like mad in these pan-global grooves that pick up where WR was about to leave off.
www.yourmusic.com /?tc=00YM51945&success=/browse/album/41978.html   (255 words)

 the Zawinul Story   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Joe's wife asked me what she should do.
I loaded all the 2 inch tapes, and everything that Joe's wife gave me, including scores from Zawinul's symphony, and a sculpture that was done for Joe by Jaco's brother.
Zawinul and I both had the same thought when we saw all of that fire: Dante's Inferno.
www.mitchrobertson.com /zawstory.htm   (979 words)

 Jazz Artist Interview - Joe Zawinul@ jazzreview.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
After almost sixty years of uninterrupted piano playing and composing, Joe Zawinul (born in Vienna, July 7, 1932), one of the most influential jazz musicians of the past century, hasn’t lost any of his energy and continues to attract new, extremely talented musicians in his groups.
Joe Zawinul: “It was by accident that I got in touch with Linley Marthe.
Joe Zawinul: “We have only been playing together for four days now and I can already assure you that Marc Gilmore is an extremely talented drummer, who adds a complete new touch to my music.
www.jazzreview.com /articledetails.cfm?ID=1521   (817 words)

 Joe Zawinul MP3 Downloads - Joe Zawinul Music Downloads - Joe Zawinul Music Videos   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
If one must indulge in categories, My People, featuring the Zawinul Syndicate and a United Nations coterie of guests, probably belongs on the vast world music shelf, the links to so-called jazz now so tenuous as to be nearly, but not quite, invisible.
The musical structures are linear, the rhythms full of intricacies welded to Zawinul's love affair with the groove, the synthesizer textures usually sparer than ever.
There are vocals in several languages by Zawinul's longtime colleague Salif Keita (for whom Zawinul produced a great album in 1991), Syndicate percussionist Arto Tuncboyaciyan, a throat vocal specialist from South Siberia named Bolot, Thania Sanchez, Zawinul himself and several others.
www.mp3.com /albums/197004/summary.html   (385 words)

 Blue Note New York Performance Schedule
It may be a word overused but there isn't truly a more appropriate way to describe keyboardist/composer Joe Zawinul.
It was Zawinul’s tune "In a Silent WayE in fact, which served as the title track of MilesEfirst electric foray, and Zawinul had a potent impact on Bitches Brew, as well.
After releasing his debut solo album on Atlantic in 1970, Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter put together what was to become the most important jazz group of the E0s and beyond, Weather Report.
www.bluenote.net /newyork/schedule/moreinfo.cgi?id=2005   (646 words)

 Amazon.com: Vienna Nights: Music: Joe Zawinul & Zawinul Syndicate   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In the next 30 odd years Zawinul strived to create a world-jazz hybrid that would break down cultural differences, while preserving the distinct flavors of the individual cultures he is indebted to.
Never before has Zawinul been able to realize his grand dream of making a universal music more onvincingly, a music that brings people of all cultures together, each singing together in their own unique voice.
Having said all of this, Joe's music is the best stuff out there that grooves and moves but is, yet, still accessible to non-musicians while not falling into that "smooth jazz" genre which can't disappear off the face of the planet soon enough.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000A8AWWI?v=glance   (1415 words)

 TEX.HU - Hungary - Online Tickets - JOE ZAWINUL & THE ZAWINUL SYNDICATE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
From his Weather Report days, and particularly since the formation of the Zawinul Syndicate, his writing has taken a decidedly more pronounced shift toward incorporating world music elements into his own harmonically sophisticated and rhythmically pulsating language.
Understandly proud of his current edition of the Zawinul Syndicate, he notes, “We’re setting some high standards because we sing, we entertain and we bring a high grade music.
Stay tuned for upcoming Zawinul Syndicate tours this summer in Europe and come to Körmend, Hungary, feel the heat of Joe’s most scintillating outfit to date on the live Vienna Nights.
www.tex.hu /index.asp?page=event&IDevent=1327   (481 words)

 JOE ZAWINUL. Ronnie Scott`s Jazz Club LONDON. ‘The Weather Report with Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine and Wayne Shorter ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Himself the son of a woman brought up as one of sixteen children in a family of sharecroppers, Zawinul, given a book about Africa as a child, ‘immediately saw’, he says, ‘that Africans were like my own family.
Appropriately enough, Zawinul named his 2002 ESC Syndicate album Faces & Places; it showcases an approach that recognises only one artistic characteristic of division — quality — eschewing artificial constructs such as nationality and arbitrary musical categories.
I’ve been playing “world music” all my life.’ Joe Zawinul’s ‘people’, like Duke Ellington’s, are primarily citizens of the planet, rendering customary human divisions irrelevant.
www.ronniescotts.co.uk /ronnie_scotts/ronniescotts/148/06.htm   (369 words)

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