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An exceptional listen,
By A Customer
This review is from: World Tour (Audio CD)
Continuing on his long history of superlative live albums, this latest one doesn't disappoint on any level. Featuring the usual rich texture-mapping of acoustic and electric flavours, Zawinul takes the listener on a journey of the mind and the universe as tracks veer from the familiar to the unforeseen. Creating new environments for familiar pieces, you experience the joy of discovering that a track that you thought was new, was actually a fresh interpretation of an old favourite (Procession in particular) as well as listening to new experiences such as poetry set to music.
Zawinul has consistently been at the forefront of the attempt to push forward the boundaries of music that brings together the many influences from tribal to the eclectic. Unlike all the others, however, his attempts are NEVER contrived or artificial. This is music from the heart, from the soul, and all thanks to the fact that he has an unusual and rare combination of intelligence, talent and soul.
Pushing through his mid-60s, we are not too sure how long Zawinul can continue on his grueling schedule of live performances, but as long as he does, he will bring pleasure to the souls and minds of all who hear him.
May your God continue to bless you, Joe.