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    Default Joe Zawinul RIP

    Jazz musician/composer. One of the heavies of the 70s jazz fusion movement.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070911/...u/obit_zawinul

    The song of his I remember best is "Birdland".
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    Brother Matclone,
    Yeah, a very sad day indeed. Man, my wife and I were just talking about trying to catch him in NYC before he passed, as we saw Wayne Shorter last winter and were recaptured by his sound. Zawinul, along with Wayne Shorter and Jaco Pastorus were the heart of one of my very favorite jazz combos - Weather Report. Some of their 70's albums (Heavy Weather; I Sing the Body Electric; Mr. Gone; and Sweetnighter are simply flawless.

    Back on our college team 5 hr road trips through the central valley, my teammates used to look at me like I was an alien when I would put a Weather Report or Miles cassette on and turn it up nice and loud. They would ***** and complain at first, but since I was the heavyweight, and owned the only boom-box in the van (and damned if I was going to listen to Michael Jackson's Thriller one more friggin time!!!) they just had to deal. Inevitably, pretty soon they were all boppin and head weaving right along with me and Mr. Zawinuls piano! Now he is back with Miles, Jaco, Dexter, Cannonball, Bird and Coletrane. RIP Brother, thanks for dropping by.

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    MoJo, your stories always make me laugh. A captive group of young men being forced to listen to Weather Report/Miles (you may have had "Decoy" at the time) after they've been fed a steady diet of Billie Jean? Perish the thought.

    Since I've sort of rediscovered Wayne Shorter's music over the last few years (e.g. JuJu, Speak No Evil, Footprints Live), I wish I could see him live. Glad to hear he is still going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matclone View Post
    MoJo, your stories always make me laugh. A captive group of young men being forced to listen to Weather Report/Miles (you may have had "Decoy" at the time) after they've been fed a steady diet of Billie Jean? Perish the thought.

    Since I've sort of rediscovered Wayne Shorter's music over the last few years (e.g. JuJu, Speak No Evil, Footprints Live), I wish I could see him live. Glad to hear he is still going.
    Although it may sound like a liberal cliche, one of the things I truely cherish the most about having been on my HS, Collegiate, Club and US teams was how the diversity of the team broadened our world view. Most of my teams were pretty mixed racially, religiously, politically, socio-economically, and philosophically. Consiquently, we all were exposed to such a variety of different music, humor, ways of getting through life, etc. On the musical end of things, I learned to first appreciate then love Hank Williams Sr., Bobby Bare, Loretta Lynn, etc. from the valley farm boys on our squad, Led Zepplin, George Thorogood and Def Leppard from our suburban headbanders, and Run DMC, GrandMaster Flash and Gil Scott-Heron from the big city kids. As the boyfriend of a classical composer, I got to contribute Phillip Glass, Kronos Quartet and the aforementioned jazz greats, among others. We didn't always agree obviously, which led to some brutal head-slap wars and fish-hook derbys in the van (as well as more than a couple of destroyed cassettes and 8-tracks!!!) but we were all much better for it than we would have been if we were just listening to what we were comfortable with in HS. I think our minds were expanded a bit too, sometimes in spite of ourselves.

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