Josef Erich Zawinul – an architect of jazz fusion and a master of electronic keyboards – died today in Vienna, Austria, the city of his birth.
Through the 1960s, Joe Zawinul played piano in Cannonball Adderley’s band. Then he recorded with Miles Davis on the groundbreaking LPs “In a Silent Way” and “Bitches Brew.” (Zawinul wrote the tune “In a Silent Way.”)
Zawinul in the ’70s co-founded the jazz-rock supergroup Weather Report, a band that defined the fusion era.
Click here to hear Zawinul’s composition “Man in the Green Shirt,” recorded live in London on November 27, 1975.
This track is from the Weather Report double-CD “Live & Unreleased.” It’s downloadable from iTunes, along with the entire Weather Report catalogue.