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Money In The Pocket (US Release)
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Money In The Pocket (US Release)

6 April 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 26 April 2005
  • Release Date: 6 April 2009
  • Label: Rhino Atlantic
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  • Total Length: 38:31
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  • ASIN: B001F4QEA0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 563,208 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
The first CD, 'The Rise...' mixes a traditional jazz quintet with an unusual string section; 3 violas and a cello. Whilst it provides quite a nice effect, i don't believe that Joe has really pushed back the boundaries of jazz that far. For instance, on the first track, 'Baptismal', the strings start off with a slowish moving theme, which the wind gradually play over. Then they (the strings) cut out for the jazz band proper to play the main tune, and solo. Then the strings come back at the end, and virtually repeat the opening section. This ABA form piece is not hard to listen to, and the strings are a welcome addition, with more of a soloists role than orchestral instruments have usually been given in jazz. (like the strings in 'What A Wonderful World' by Satchmo) The second CD sees the strings depart to be replaced with extra winds. This is more traditional, Money in the Pocket a prime example. Head-Solo-Solo-Solo-Head: it's a well used formula, and unfortuneately this doesn't work in the performers favour, especially with uninventive solos. Don't get me wrong, they all play well, and musically, it's just that for a package that's supposed to be 'Contemporary', not a lot new is being done.
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By os TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 July 2015
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Coming from 1966/67 these two albums represent Joe Zawinul’s attempt at showing the diversity of his musical interests and capabilities. From gospel, to funky bluesy soul, classically inflected jazz (involving a string section) to more conventional sounding Bop, it is a dizzying array of styles, but they hang together beautifully. I am not sure why so many reviewers are so lukewarm about both these sets. The playing by all concerned is inventive and lively. The tunes are melodic and well –constructed, more than genre pieces they certainly hold the attention and delight with their crafted arrangements. Have a listen to the beautiful piano playing on ‘Sharon’s Waltz’, the gospel righteous of ‘Lord, Lord, Lord’ and the sonorous ‘Baptismal’. If these give pleasure, make this album your next purchase.

This twofer set should be considered great value for money – some superior music making, interesting sleeve notes and fifteen tracks of likable jazz. My only minor groan is that the recorded sound is just a tad boxy but the ears quickly adjust. If you are looking for the JZ, of Weather Report mode he has yet to appear. Otherwise, enjoy! Recommended.
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By Nomad on 7 Dec. 2013
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A younger Zawinul displays a remarkable degree of versatility in this pairing of underrated gems; drawing as he does on all the traditions of jazz whilst hinting every so often at the highly personalised take on music generally that would rank him alongside the greats in decades to come. Don't expect seeds of Weather Report so much as a sampling of the soil in which they were to take such fertile root.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. Mundell on 3 Sept. 2014
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ok - good
Dont have time to give fair review - see rating
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Zawinul - perpetual genius 26 Feb. 2010
By J. Hill - Published on
Money in the Pocket is a real joy. It is historical, and a great demonstration of Joe Zawinul's instrumental finesse and greatness. He had not yet completely developed his own unique style yet, although he was pushing the funky side more than most pianists of the time, but his chops were second to none. His soulfulness is out front and demanding. There is a solid R&B feel to some of the songs, while others are much softer and less beat oriented. The harmonies are complex and compelling, and the swing is sometimes driving and sometimes relaxing. I highly recommend this album to anyone, especially those Zawinul fans who must have his complete history - of which I am one.

I must disagree with the previous review - especially with regard to his statement that much of Zawinul's later work could be characterized as godawful. While I agree that Money in the Pocket is a great album, I must strongly disagree that Zawinul's recent work is weak - quite the contrary! Perhaps the first reviewer is a traditional jazz purist. Let me remind him that Zawinul, along with Miles Davis and other greats of the late '50s and early '60's revolutionized jazz. Money in the Pocket is part of that revolution. Joe Zawinul continued to revolutionize music into his 70's. Listen to 75th, his last recording, recorded live at the Lugano Jazz Festival on 07/07/07 - Joe's 75th birthday. It is GREAT! I was there in Lugano for that concert, and I have the DVD. In fact, I have everything Joe has done, other than a few tracks he was a sideman on. Yes, some of the later Weather Report is weaker (in particular, This is This), but the Zawinul Syndicate was the greatest world-jazz-funk-fusion band of the 90's and 2000's right up until Zawinul's death in September 2007. Stories of the Danube (1996) is a great classical album from Joe. He did not decline in his later years. Zawinlul had some short periods of stagnation (like ALL creative greats), and that, in fact, is why Weather Report broke up. Joe and Wayne needed both to do a refresh and start again. Take a listen to the newer work - it is great too!
There is other good stuff here 13 Feb. 2015
By sPARKs - Published on
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If you have not discovered the cut Baptismal yet, you are missing out. It is a recording I return to time and time again. There is other good stuff here, but that is essential.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One track? 24 Jan. 2015
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One CD, two albums. One track.

"Soul of a Village - Part II" sounds like a precursor to early-Deodato.

Otherwise, the first album is try-hard art-jazz and the second album is mundane soul-jazz.
8 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Zawinul's best solo LPs, by far 18 Jan. 2005
By Craig Weatherby - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Zawinuo is one of those genius musicians whose creative output ranges wildly, from great to godawful. I'd put these two Atlantic sessions in the great category, along with the first 6-8 Weather Report albums.

While subsequent WR albums had flashes of greatness, they declined steadily in compositional quality and mostly sucked by comparison to those first 6-8 WR LPs--in part because of JZ's increasing dominance in the mix over Shorter, coupled with JZ's decreasing compositional/melodic inspiration.

As for JZ's post-WR albums, they reflect this declining compositional/melodic inspiration and his increasing affection for monochromatic, synthesizer-dominated sound that lacked warmth or variety. I stopped buying JZ's solo LPs after getting 4 that disappointed severely.

I've read that most musicians' melodic inspiriation declines after age 30, and JZ's ever-diminishing abilities would seem to fit that pattern. Or maybe, based on his truly stellar creations through the late WR period, he believes he's such a genius that anything he does is great.

Because he has given us such great music in the past, I hope we witness a return to creative form, perhaps through a collaboration with a true compostional peer like Shorter, and/or the guidance of a gifted producer.
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