[JPL] New Weather Report Box Set "Forecast:Tomorrow"withthe1978Rockpalast D

jazzrockworld rick at jazzrockworld.com
Tue Sep 12 18:18:32 EDT 2006


Basically, neither were officially authorized by him. 

He went into some detail regarding "Purple" that should NOT be quoted
(please) as the conversation was private, and now, years later, being
strictly from recall, may not be 100% accurate. 

The basic gist was that none of the participants expected the music from
those sessions to ever see the light of day. It was just something they did
that never went anywhere. It was also "suggested" that Vitous somehow
managed to release it without anyone's consent for his own personal reasons.
Which might help explain the fact it was never released in the US. Zawinul
did not seem the least bitter about it and appeared to view the whole
situation as water long under the bridge. It seemed clear to me (I assumed,
though) that with regard to "Purple", he was never even asked for his
permission and I'm not sure about "Portrait". 

What a business. Art!!! It all seemed to be about principle with him and
while he wouldn't sign the items, I agreed with his viewpoint and wouldn't
have wanted him to sign them knowing what it meant. 

BTW - when he finally signed the Weather Report Cd, he remembered that I
drove 500 miles to see him and actually included a "thank you". Being in his
presence and right up close was an experience I'll never forget. He made me
feel like one of the family - very sweet natured. He reminded me of my own
dad (that also came from the old country). Zawinul is truly one of America's
greatest musical assets and should be a national treasure here, in addition
to his birth country. (just my opinion). 


 

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Subject: RE: [JPL] New Weather Report Box Set
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>he explained
>why he wouldn't sign those two items...

just curious: what was his explanation for not signing them?

LA


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