Absolute Zawinul

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Of the many projects for Estonian-born Kristjan Jarvi and the Absolute Ensemble, this one likely required the most work, and is dearest to their hearts. A collaboration with Joe Zawinul before he passed away is the result, and Absolute Zawinul is a perfect title. While there are inferences to Weather Report, this music is what Zawinul was performing prior to his death -- a steamy multi-ethnic brew of electronic and natural sounds, in this case with his band and the Absolute Enemble Orchestra via arrangements by Gene Pritsker. Except for one track at the Zawinul Tribute Concert in Vienna, Austria shorty after he died, this is a studio date with the keyboardist and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Of the many projects for Estonian-born Kristjan Jarvi and the Absolute Ensemble, this one likely required the most work, and is dearest to their hearts. A collaboration with Joe Zawinul before he passed away is the result, and Absolute Zawinul is a perfect title. While there are inferences to Weather Report, this music is what Zawinul was performing prior to his death -- a steamy multi-ethnic brew of electronic and natural sounds, in this case with his band and the Absolute Enemble Orchestra via arrangements by Gene Pritsker. Except for one track at the Zawinul Tribute Concert in Vienna, Austria shorty after he died, this is a studio date with the keyboardist and friends in full-flight. A vocoder is used frequently, and the near-30-piece orchestra fairly roars in approval with a reverential, at-times hushed, but constant underlying tone. Themes dedicated to the Ottoman Empire, Japan, American gospel music, and Euro-dance check out the extraordinary "Good Day" or rock music are clearly present. The heavy, celebratory beat of "Bimoya," the obvious influence of "Sultan," and the speaking-in-tongues effects during the Asian-flavored "Great Empire" are much more direct and focused than subtle. "The Peasant" is electronically synthesized in an Eastern Indian classical motif, while the concert piece without Zawinul, "Ice Pick Willy," lashes out rocking à la Gil Evans in his Jimi Hendrix period. Overdubs are used liberally, and the standout musicians are Linley Marthe on electric bass guitar, Absolute flutist Hayley Melitta Reid, and vocalist Aziz Sahmaoui. It's a fine tribute to the genius of Joe Zawinul musically, while the CD also includes QuickTime videos adaptable to PC or Mac users, and a PDF file for credits and photos. Absolute Zawinul comes with a heartily high recommendation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2010
  • Label: Sunny Side
  • UPC: 016728125727
  • Catalog Number: 281257
  • Sales rank: 196,330

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bimoya - Absolute Ensemble (7:08)
  2. 2 Sultan - Absolute Ensemble (9:23)
  3. 3 Great Empire - Absolute Ensemble (4:31)
  4. 4 Peace - Absolute Ensemble (8:10)
  5. 5 Good Day - Absolute Ensemble (5:31)
  6. 6 The Peasant - Absolute Ensemble (8:27)
  7. 7 Ballad For Two Musicians - Absolute Ensemble (9:47)
  8. 8 Ice Pick Willy - Absolute Ensemble (7:05)
  9. 9 Film (From the Documentary Erdzeit)/Pdf Booklet - Absolute Ensemble
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Zawinul Primary Artist, Keyboards, Vocoder
Sabine Kabongo Vocals
Paco Sery Percussion, Drums, Kalimba
Kristjan Järvi Conductor
Linley Marthe Electric Bass
Aziz Sahmaoui Percussion, Vocals
Allegre Correa Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Patrick Derivaz Engineer
Klaus Genuit Engineer
Anton Reininger Engineer
Kristjan Järvi Director, Producer, Liner Notes
Gene Pritsker Arranger, Engineer
Franz Hackl Engineer
Marko Schneider Mastering
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