Joe Zawinul

Born: July 7, 1932 | Died: November 9, 2007    Primary Instrument: Keyboard

Joe Zawinul

It may be a word overused but there isn't truly a more appropriate way to describe keyboardist/composer Joe Zawinul.

Austrian born, Joe Zawinul emigrated to the US in 1959 where he played with Maynard Ferguson and the great Dinah Washington before joining alto saxophonist great Cannonball Adderley in 1961 for nine years. With Adderley, Zawinul wrote several important songs, primarily the slow and funky hit “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” which reached the top on the Billboard magazine Pop Charts in 1967.

Zawinul then moved on to a brief but fateful encounter and collaboration with Miles Davis, just at the time Miles was moving into the electric arena. It was Zawinul’s tune “In a Silent Way”, in fact, which served as the title track of Miles’ first electric foray, and Zawinul had a potent impact on Bitches Brew, as well. ...
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Selected Discography

Joe Zawinul, Brown Street (Heads Up, 2007)
Weather Report, Forecast: Tomorrow (Legacy Recordings, 2006)
Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate, Vienna Nights: Live at Joe Zawinul’s Birdland (Birdjam/BHM, 2005)
Joe Zawinul, Faces and Places (ESC, 2002)
Weather Report, Live and Unreleased (Legacy Recordings, 2002)
Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate, World Tour (Zebra, 1998)
Joe Zawinul, Stories of the Danube (Polygram, 1996)
Trilok Gurtu, Crazy Saints (CMP, 1993)
Salif Keita, Amen (Mango, 1991)
Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate, The Immigrants (Columbia, 1988)
Joe Zawinul, Dialects (Columbia, 1986)
Weather Report, Procession (Columbia, 1983)
Weather Report, Night Passage (Columbia, 1980)
Weather Report, 8:30 (Columbia, 1979)
Weather Report, Heavy Weather (Columbia, 1977)
Weather Report, Black Market (Columbia, 1976)
Weather Report, Mysterious Traveler (Columbia, 1974)
Weather Report, Sweetnighter (Columbia, 1973)
Weather Report, I Sing the Body Electric (Columbia, 1972)
Weather Report, Live in Tokyo (Columbia, 1972)
Weather Report, Weather Report (Columbia, 1971)
Joe Zawinul, Zawinul (Atlantic, 1970)
Miles Davis, Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1969)
Miles Davis, In a Silent Way (Columbia, 1969)
Cannonball Adderley, Country Preacher: Live at Operation Breadbasket (Capitol, 1969)
Cannonball Adderley, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy: Live at the It Club (Capitol, 1966)

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