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22 Mar 2005 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 22 Mar 2005
  • Release Date: 22 Mar 2005
  • Label: Rhino Atlantic
  • Copyright: 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing.
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  • Total Length: 35:36
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  • ASIN: B001EYWE4Q
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,920 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By See Why on 19 Dec 2007
Format: Audio CD
Zawinul, better known for his later ground-breaking Weather Report years, hints at what's coming with this carefully crafted 1971 debut. Featuring Wayne Shorter and Miroslav Vitous, it's almost the first Weather Report LP in disguise yet this is Zawinul's baby. Herbie Hancock, Joe Chambers and Hubert Laws guest. Pure class. As has been noted elsewhere this is not the best recording quality but I never found a good copy of the vinyl so it's just nice to hear it without the scratches and pressing faults that were on almost every copy of the LP.

The music is very atmospheric, layered and textured especially on the dreamlike 'His Final Journey' and it also features a version of 'In a Silent Way', a tune he composed and made famous on Miles Davis' 'In a Silent Way' album.

This album reveals its genius only in places and perhaps lies outside the interest of the more idle music fan but genius can, after all, be tricky. This album will reward the patient owner. It grows on you.
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By Nomad on 12 Feb 2014
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This is the very raw material which when funkified by Miles Davis and Weather Report respectively would set the benchmark for much of the 70's jazz fusion genre. Not for initiates I'd suggest....
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Wilson on 6 Jun 2006
Format: Audio CD
I own this album on LP, and now I've bought it on CD. But frankly I'm not sure I should have done. The recording quality is very poor in parts -- this is not remastered -- and the ethereal music just seems directionless, compared not just to today's music but also to the Weather Report masterpeices that Zawinul was about to create.

On the plus side, the music swings, occasionally. As per 'Sweetnighter', Miroslav Vitous is backed up by a second bassist. One bows, the other plucks. Unlike Weather Report, the lead instrument is largely a trumpet.

Not bad, but now largely of interest to jazz-rock archaeologists.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Rich and Unique 23 May 2002
By Mark A. Elliott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The unique instrumentation on Joe Zawinul's first solo recording combines with some of his most powerful compositions to make for a particularly rich listening experience. A sense of hushed beauty pervades, with tone colors washing over subtle and complex subrhythms. Liking watching water move in a pool, this album rewards contemplation without clamoring for attention.
Musicians:- Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock (keyboards), George Davis, Hubert Laws (flutes), Woody Shaw, Jimmy Owens (trumpets), Earl Turbinton, Wayne Shorter (soprano saxes), Miroslav Vitous, Walter Booker (basses), Joe Chambers, Billy Hart, David Lee, Jack DeJohnette (percussion)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
World Music Visionary 2 Nov 2007
By Enrique Torres - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sadly Joe Zawinul has left this plane of existence but he has left us a rich collection of his music. Considered by many to be a musical genius(I would concurr)he cut his jazz teeth by playing with bands led by Julian "Cannoball" Adderly, Why Am I Treated So Bad!, than moved on to begin his fusion period with Miles Davis, The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions, formed his own group with Wayne Shorter,the great Weather Report Mysterious Traveller, Black Market and than went on to a solo career. Always the prolific composer, he was known early on in his career as Josef Zawinul, he created some great music in the jazz repertoire. He played piano and but was best know for his electric piano work that he often shared on single tracks with other electric keyboardists like Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. This disc features both Herbie Hancock and Zawinul, each playing electric piano. The first track, entitled "Doctor Honoris Causa" was recorded in honor of Herbie Hancock for his Honorary Doctorate at Grinnell University. It is a spatial delight where the concepts for two keyboards are stretched to the limits with lingering notes that intermingle. The music is spacey in that it never takes off, remains in a state of quietude, flows along it's melodic path with occasional bursts of high energy that are maintained by the structure of the two keyboards. It is a forerunner to the signature sound of Weather Report.It is an extended song in the 15 minute range that takes the listener on a journey. On this disc is one of Joe Zawinul's most well known songs, "In a Silent Way," made popular during his stint with Miles Davis, and featured on one of the great fusion discs In a Silent Way. Granted this version is not as good as the Miles Davis version(s)but it is great nonetheless. After all, it is Zawinul's composition and who better to reveal a vision of his music than the author. It is supposed to be impressions of his early days as a shepherd boy in Austria. It is a calm song that has hints of melancholy; think of it as a relaxed Miles Davis version. The influences of Miles Davis from the time Zawinul spent with him are all over this disc. For my money these are the two best track on the disc. The whole disc has a old world flavor to it, especially since many of the songs are based on his memories of Austria as a child. "His Last Journey" recalls his grandfather's funeral and during certain moments reminds me of a Chuck Mangione song that is the title track on Chase the Clouds Away. This is probably not the disc to begin listening to Joe Zawinul with. Regardless, if you are new to him it is definitely representative of where he had been and where he was heading musically. Joe Zawinul was always pushing the musical envelope and this disc is no exception. This is a great CD in a long line of exceptional Joe Zawinul recordings. Recommended for jazz and fusion aficionados.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Good, Interesting, but not focused. Maybe 3.5? 11 Nov 2004
By R G-S - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Joe Zawinul's self-titled album is the weakest of the three "Pre-Weather Report Weather Report" albums, by the founding members, but only because the competition, (Vitous' "Infinite Search" (aka "Mountain in the Clouds") and Shorter's "Odyssey of Iska" )is so brilliant as to leave almost anything else in shadow.

On the two extended pieces, "Double Image" and "Dr. Honoris", (the latter, which became an early WR signature piece, making its debut on record) Zawinul and Hancock explore the sonic extremes of the Rhodes Piano-echoplex-ring modulator combo, which started to become the identifying sound color in fusion at this point; three or four years later, they'd both be behind banks of synths. The wind players take good atmospheric solos; Woody Shaw's work on "Dr." is particularly good. The rhythm section cooks. But just when these tunes start to nail themselves down and WORk, they "slip out of focus" again and again.

The short pieces, however, Zawinul's programatic "soundscape" experiments, didn't work for me when this came out, and still don't work for me. The "Silent Way" reading on Miles' album always beat this version, and "Last Journey" and "New York" are interesting, but failed.

So, it belongs in a reasonably conmplete collection of fusion, but not in the first ten.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Pre"-weather report" dawn of a new age in music! 8 Mar 2011
By cavemansamuel - Published on Amazon.com
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Joe Zawinul 1932-2007A conduit of musical expression.This mans music will live on forever in time.He has always brought joy to my soul for so many years, it was nice to pick up this gem.I am not going to get all technical on you.If you know anything about music,all you need to do is buy this album and let it set your soul free.Fan for life,Samuel-San Antonio,Tx. P.S.Your spirit will live in everyone you have touched with your music!
Core of Weather Report 4 Mar 2013
By Katsuyuki Machida - Published on Amazon.com
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Regardless of the contribution other greats as Wayne, Milosrav, Jaco, Alphonso, Peter, Alex, Omar, the core part of the great fusion band is made by JZ, which are shown in this album.
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