[JPL] Jazz Legend Joe Zawinul Dies at 75
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Jazz Legend Joe Zawinul Dies at 75
VIENNA, Austria (AP) Jazz legend Joe Zawinul, who soared to fame as one of
the creators of jazz fusion and performed and recorded with Miles Davis,
died early Tuesday, a hospital official said. He was 75.
Zawinul had been hospitalized since last month. A spokeswoman for Vienna's
Wilhelmina Clinic confirmed his death without giving details.
Zawinul won widespread acclaim for his keyboard work on chart-topping Davis
albums such as "In A Silent Way" and "Bitches Brew," and was a leading force
behind the so-called "Electric Jazz" movement.
In 1970, Zawinul founded the band Weather Report and produced a series of
albums including "Heavy Weather," "Black Market" and "I Sing the Body
Electric." After that band's breakup, he founded the Zawinul Syndicate in
Zawinul is credited with bringing the electric piano and synthesizer into
the jazz mainstream.
This past spring, he toured Europe to mark the 20th anniversary of the
Zawinul Syndicate. He sought medical attention when the tour ended, the
Viennese Hospital Association said in a statement last month.
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