My People

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
If one must indulge in categories, My People, featuring the Zawinul Syndicate and a United Nations coterie of guests, probably belongs on the vast world music shelf, the links to so-called jazz now so tenuous as to be nearly, but not quite, invisible. On the percolating "Slivovitz Trail," "Orient Express," "Many Churches," and the Caribbean-tinged cleverly titled "In an Island Way," the music does suggest earlier versions of the Syndicate, and Joe Zawinul's nostalgic evocations of Wayne Shorter on the Korg Pepe reach back even further. Otherwise, Zawinul is looking entirely toward ethnic cultures for musical sustenance. The musical structures are linear, the rhythms ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
If one must indulge in categories, My People, featuring the Zawinul Syndicate and a United Nations coterie of guests, probably belongs on the vast world music shelf, the links to so-called jazz now so tenuous as to be nearly, but not quite, invisible. On the percolating "Slivovitz Trail," "Orient Express," "Many Churches," and the Caribbean-tinged cleverly titled "In an Island Way," the music does suggest earlier versions of the Syndicate, and Joe Zawinul's nostalgic evocations of Wayne Shorter on the Korg Pepe reach back even further. Otherwise, Zawinul is looking entirely toward ethnic cultures for musical sustenance. The musical structures are linear, the rhythms full of intricacies welded to Zawinul's love affair with the groove, the synthesizer textures usually sparer than ever. There are vocals in several languages by Zawinul's longtime colleague Salif Keita for whom Zawinul produced a great album in 1991, Syndicate percussionist Arto Tuncboyaciyan, a throat vocal specialist from South Siberia named Bolot, Thania Sanchez, Zawinul himself, and several others. When translated, the lyrics speak of joy and unity among the cultures, and there isn't any doubt that Zawinul's bubbling music feeds the message of uplift. Hear it; you purists may be jiggling along in spite of yourselves.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2006
  • Label: Tone Center
  • UPC: 026245404823
  • Catalog Number: 4048
  • Sales rank: 59,776

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Zawinul Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, keyboard bass, Soloist
Salif Keita Vocals, Soloist
Trilok Gurtu Percussion
Bob Malach Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Michael Philip Mossman Trombone, Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet
Alex Acuña Percussion
Tal Bergman Percussion, Drums, Hi Hat
Assitan Dembele Background Vocals
Souleymanne Doumbia Percussion
Djene Doumbouya Background Vocals
Duke Ellington Voices, Soloist, Spoken Word
Matthew Garrison Bass
Gary Poulson Guitar
Hector "Rudy" Regalado Percussion
Kevin Richard Percussion
Michito Sánchez Percussion
Cheick Tidiane Seck Keyboards
Paco Sery Percussion, Drums, Kalimba
Arto Tuncboyaciyan Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Soloist
Amit Chatterjee Guitar
Robert Ponger Overdubs
Burhan Öçal Vocals, Soloist
Kenny OBrian Background Vocals
Thania Sanchez Vocals, Soloist
Lucho Avellaneda Background Vocals
Reinhard Grube Background Vocals
Osmane Kouyake Guitar
Franz Schmuch Background Vocals
Reinhard Ziegerhofer Background Vocals
Richard Bona Bass, Vocals, Soloist
Christian Seitz Overdubs
Philipp Rottensteiner Background Vocals, Musician
Technical Credits
Joe Zawinul Arranger, Programming, Producer
Joachim Becker Executive Producer
Paul Ericksen Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Ivan Zawinul Programming, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, drum programming, Drum Editing
Robert Ponger Engineer
Thania Sanchez Composer
Reinhard Grube Contributor
Reinhard Ziegerhofer Contributor
Philippe Abadie Engineer
Christian Seitz Engineer
Philipp Rottensteiner Contributor
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