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All Music Guide - Glenn Astarita
Keyboardist/composer Joe Zawinul's accomplishments with Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, and Weather Report, amid his revolutionary approach to synths, cannot be undermined. In some instances, artists such as Zawinul set paradigms of excellence and inventiveness that might seem difficult to repeat. Naturally, the listener shouldn't expect any performer to continually rest on his or her laurels, or abide by a proven or perhaps unwavering formula. To that end, Zawinul's 2002 solo effort seems to be a summarization of his recent jazz/fusion/world music stylizations, witnessed by his Zawinul Syndicate band. As this solo effort offers more of the same. Here, the keyboardist ...
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All Music Guide - Glenn Astarita
Keyboardist/composer Joe Zawinul's accomplishments with Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, and Weather Report, amid his revolutionary approach to synths, cannot be undermined. In some instances, artists such as Zawinul set paradigms of excellence and inventiveness that might seem difficult to repeat. Naturally, the listener shouldn't expect any performer to continually rest on his or her laurels, or abide by a proven or perhaps unwavering formula. To that end, Zawinul's 2002 solo effort seems to be a summarization of his recent jazz/fusion/world music stylizations, witnessed by his Zawinul Syndicate band. As this solo effort offers more of the same. Here, the keyboardist enlists a multinational cast of percussionists including ex-Weather Report personnel, vocalists, and soloists for an album that more or less mirrors his recent output. Regrettably, few if any of these works impart a permanent impression. Many of these arrangements feature Zawinul's wily synth passages and otherworldly Vocoder digital EFX based vocalese. He pays homage to his former employer, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, on the piece titled "The Spirit of Julian C Adderley." The basis for this production entails an array of rather predictable worldbeat-style discourses consisting of shifting percussion vamps, North African modalities, and quaint Austrian folk melodies. There are some touching moments to complement a few rousing opuses. Overall, there are some compelling musical events to coincide with what appears to be a hodgepodge of contrasting notions stitched together.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2008
  • Label: Tone Center
  • UPC: 026245405820
  • Catalog Number: 4058
  • Sales rank: 149,507

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Zawinul Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Vocoder, keyboard bass, Musician, Spoken Word
Victor Bailey Bass, Musician, Bas Dessus
Bob Malach Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind, Musician
Maria João Vocals
Alex Acuña Percussion, Shaker, Musician
Manolo Badrena Percussion, Musician
Dean Brown Guitar, Musician
Zakir Hussain Tabla, Musician
Sabine Kabongo Vocals
Harry Kim Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Musician
Etienne Mbappe Bass, Vocals, Musician
Lori Perry Vocals
Richard Page Vocals
Carolyn Perry Vocals
Darlene Perry Vocals
Sharon Perry Vocals
Hector "Rudy" Regalado Percussion
Paco Sery Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Timbales, Kalimba, Drums, Musician
The Perry Sisters Vocals
Amit Chatterjee Guitar, Vocals, Musician
Nathaniel Townsley Drums, Musician
Richard Bona Bass, Vocals, Musician
Kitty Winter Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Joe Zawinul Arranger, Producer
Joachim Becker Executive Producer
Klaus Genuit Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Etienne Mbappe Amplifiers
Ivan Zawinul Producer, Engineer
Joachim Oster Cover Design
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