[JPL] Joe Zawinul

Phillip Greenlief pgsaxo at pacbell.net
Tue Sep 11 13:42:49 EDT 2007


Nice post, Jae...word!

Not too many people seem to remember Zawinul played acoustic piano with
lots of folks before he worked with Miles. I love him on the sessions he
did with Ben Webster, for example.

PG

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[mailto:jazzproglist-bounces at jazzweek.com] On Behalf Of Jae Sinnett
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Subject: [JPL] Joe Zawinul 

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What we're seeing unfortunately was inevitable...the losing of a
generation. It's happening right before our eyes and that generation is
just about gone now. The scope of Zawinul's work can't be
underestimated. He helped to reshape the jazz music landscape like Max.
The thing that is more revealing to me with Zawinul is that when he
decided to go electric...what he played reflected someone that had dealt
with deep musical applications through swing and high level
improvisation. I'm saying this because he was part of the few that went
in that direction that set a standard for how fusion and electronic
jazz...at least at its inception...should have been played. His history
helped him bring something meaningful and lasting to the table once he
decided to change his artistic direction.  
   
  With that background...he...along with Wayne Shorter...created one of
the most visionary ensembles ever. They raised the bar like Miles,
Chick, McLaughlin, Herbie...to name a few. When you think about it all
of the innovative fusion ensembles were led by artists that came out of
a straight up jazz background. That's important and we see it now. They
did it the right way...putting the art first. Then we saw the coming of
those that didn't have that background and what they sounded like. 
   
  Jae Sinnett   



       
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