[JPL] Joe Zawinul

Len Dobbin lendobbin at sympatico.ca
Tue Sep 11 19:09:44 EDT 2007


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From: "Ron Gill" <ron_gill at verizon.net>
To: "Jazz Programmers Mailing List" <jazzproglist at jazzweek.com>
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2007 6:17 PM
Subject: Re: [JPL] Joe Zawinul


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From: Jae Sinnett <jaejazz at yahoo.com>
Date: 2007/09/11 Tue AM 11:50:50 CDT
To: Jazz Programmers Mailing List <jazzproglist at jazzweek.com>
Subject: [JPL] Joe Zawinul

This Week's JPL Sponsor: Barnstorm Productions - Charles Gatschet - STEP 
LIGHTLY

Guitarist Charles Gatschet takes you on a musical journey from Bebop to 
Brazil on his latest release STEP LIGHTLY. Growing up in Kansas City 
afforded Charles the opportunity to work with such jazz notables as Claude 
''Fiddler'' Williams, Bobby Watson, Carmell Jones and many others who have 
made an impact on the K.C. jazz scene. With a stellar band featuring Ali 
Ryerson, Greg Gisbert, Ken Walker, Mark Simon, Eric Gunnison and Paul 
Romaine, Gatschet delivers an array of beautiful tunes, half of which are 
his own.  Quoting from Dr. Herb Wong's liner notes: ''Jazz 
guitarist-composer Charles Gatschet's aesthetic backdrop and the music on 
STEP LIGHTLY, indeed, ignite reasons to step lively with felicity of 
Charles' mission in jazz.''
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In the next few days we will be paying tribute to Joe’s work as one of the 
major innovators in jazz, as musician and composer.
I have to agree with Jae’s comments about how this news is not only sad 
but discouraging. We cannot afford losing this kind of talent. Joe’s loss 
is immense.
His talent from his early years with Dinah Washington, Cannonball Adderley, 
his Weather Report and his current Syndicate band has contributed a large 
bulk of work that is important  and vital. Weather Report was an important 
innovative band of great musicians whose background and contribution made an 
important statement in jazz.
We, as programmers, will be part of a large segment of the jazz community, 
including journalists and writers of history paying tribute to him in the 
coming days.
While the current crop of musicians are top notch and are providing the jazz 
community with a fine collection of jazz, what is missing is the type of 
innovators such as Joe, Miles, Coltrane and others that move jazz forward 
creatively.
I look forward, as I am sure most of you will as well, pay tribute to 
Zawinul and his music.

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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