Faces & Places

Faces & Places

by Joe Zawinul
     
 

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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.

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2008
Label:
Tone Center
UPC:
0026245405820
catalogNumber:
4058

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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,Musician
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
Etienne Mbappe   Amplifiers
Ivan Zawinul   Producer,Engineer
Joachim Oster   Cover Design

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