Joe Zawinul - album review (5 stars)

Joe Zawinul

Brown Street (Birdjam/Intuition)


A feast for Weather Report devotees, and a treat for anyone who just likes top quality big band playing. Joe Zawinul celebrated the 25th anniversary of the break-up of Weather Report in glorious style in this concert with the excellent WDR Big Band at his jazz club in Vienna in October, 2005.

The band, bolstered by former Weather Report stalwarts Alex Acuna, Nathaniel Townsley and Victor Bailey in the rhythm section, rip through Vince Mendoza’s arrangements of classic Weather Report compositions like ‘Black Market’, ‘Night Passage’, ‘Boogie Woogie Waltz’ and the lovely ‘A Remark You Made’ in exhilarating fashion. The result is a two-CD tribute that not only lives up to the original masterpieces, but even adds new dimensions here and there.

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