[JPL] Joe Zawinul

Dr. Jazz drjazz at drjazz.com
Tue Sep 11 22:56:42 EDT 2007


My Zawinul moment....San Sebastian 1991:  After a long night of 
Festival, and a long walk to the hotel, I poked my head into the bar and 
saw Zawinul sitting by himself.  Although I had met him a few times, I 
never really had any sort of relationship with him.  Not wanting to 
bother him, I turned around to go to my room when he called me over to 
sit with him.  Well, we spent the next hour and a half talking, sharing 
some sandwiches and some of that Slivovitz that Rebecca mentioned.  
After a while we were joined by Maria João: 
http://www.drjazz.com/conf/spain01/joao-zawinul.jpg

A wonderful musician and a very nice man.

-Dr.

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> My Zawinul moment---1986, right after Weather Report officially broke-up, Joe did a solo tour.  Not solo piano. Oh no. It was Joe, amongst a maze of banks of synths and drum machines. He played a small restaurant/club in Albuquerque, and rocked the joint. I interviewed him the day of the gig and he said he was going out on the road to "make the machines sing". 
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> He was one of the few musicians of his time who did not fear the new technological and cultural changes around him; instead he embraced them.  And he wrote two of the best tunes from the latter part of the 20th century (Mercy Mercy Mercy and Birdland).  Yeah, baby! 
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