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    Jazz Great Joe Zawinul Dead At 75

    Jazz Great Joe Zawinul Dead At 75

    Jazz pianist Joe Zawinul has died in a hospital in his native Vienna, the BBC reported Tuesday. He was 75.

    Zawinul, who earned global recognition for his keyboard work with Miles Davis in the 1960s, helped create the sound known as jazz fusion.

    The award-winning musician emigrated to the United States in 1959 and played with Maynard Ferguson and Dinah Washington before joining alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley in 1961 for nine years.

    With Adderley, Zawinul wrote several songs, including the hit, "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," a biography on Zawinul's official Web site noted.

    After releasing his debut solo album on Atlantic in 1970, Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter assembled the jazz group, Weather Report, which incorporated elements of rock and R&B into their jazz music.

    Although members came and went, Weather Report put out 18 albums, including "Black Market" and "Heavy Weather," which featured Zawinul’s song, "Birdland."

    Versions of that song by Weather Report, Manhattan Transfer and Quincy Jones, won separate Grammy awards in three successive decades.

    Weather Report also won a Grammy for its live album, "8:30" in 1979.

    After the band broke up, Zawinul went on to form the bands Weather Update and the Zawinul Syndicate, whose albums "My People" and "World Tour" were also nominated for Grammy awards in the 1990s. (c) UPI
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    Truly one of the great ones.

    About twenty years ago Joe played here in town and a friend of mine spent the night with him. He stayed over at her place, actually. She later said that Joe was very experienced with "eating at the Y", if you know what I mean.

    I love his music but, unfortunately, whenever I see a picture of him that's the first thing that comes to mind.

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    Well he had a great sense of rythm...
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