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Saturday, October 06, 2007
JOE ZAWINUL - Doctor Honoris Causa (1971)
JOE ZAWINUL R.I.P. 1932 - 2007
"Keyboardist Joe Zawinul, who played with Miles Davis and helped shape jazz fusion with his band Weather Report, died Sept. 11 in his native city of Vienna. He was 75.
"Zawinul, voted best keyboardist 30 times by music magazine Down Beat's critics' poll, including this year, had sought medical attention last month after a tour. He died of a rare form of skin cancer, local news agency APA reported."
More dead folks. Zawinul was really quite a driving force of merging world music into jazz for most of his career. Here is a track off his album from 1971, around the same time that Weather Report was getting off the ground. The Miles Davis influence is quite apparent here, and is a good example of early jazz-fusion. Stick with it, there is a very subtle groove going on throughout the piece...
Song: "Doctor Honoris Causa"
Dedicated to Herbie Hancock for his Honorary Doctorate at Grinnell University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Recorded Aug. 6-12, 1970
-from the LP "ZAWINUL" (Atlantic) 1971
Joe Zawinul : electric piano Herbie Hancock : electric piano George Davis : flute