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February 13, 1997 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jazz has so many implicit connections with the many ethnic musics of the world that it's surprising that--aside from the Brazilian and the Afro-Cuban connections--there haven't been more efforts at linkage. One of the few who have been trying is keyboardist Joe Zawinul. And the group he brought to Catalina Bar & Grill Tuesday night at the start of a six-day run brilliantly revealed the possibilities of coupling jazz, African music and--remarkably--contemporary music technology.
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August 30, 2011 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
Given certain realities of the marketplace, jazz musicians generally don't have to worry about being easily recognized while walking the streets. For pianist Michael Wolff, however, this is a bit more of an occupational hazard on multiple fronts. A veteran musician who has enjoyed a variety of high-profile gigs dating to his first break in Cal Tjader's band in the early '70s, Wolff's face might also seem familiar if you caught "The Arsenio Hall Show" in the '90s, when the pianist led the talk show's funk-leaning house band the Dog Pound for 51/2 years.
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February 18, 1990 | LEONARD FEATHER
It's a far cry from the synthesizers of Joe Zawinul's Weather Report to the happening scene of rap. But, somehow, the Vienna-born keyboard master who co-led the jazz/rock fusion group with Wayne Shorter from 1970 to 1985 has bridged the gap. His best known composition, "Birdland," which became a disco hit for Weather Report in the 1970s is on the charts again, this time as part of Quincy Jones' smash "Back on the Block," currently one of the country's Top 10 albums, already certified platinum.
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May 23, 2009 | Rick Schultz
There was a heavy Taiwanese presence at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica for the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra's run-out concert Thursday night. No wonder, what with the sponsorship of the concert by the Taiwanese United Fund and the unveiling of a new Romance for Cello and Orchestra by Taiwanese composer Gordon Chin as played by cellist Felix Fan, whose parents come from Taipei. Ultimately, though, the biggest attention-getter of the night was another Fan solo vehicle, a cello concerto from the bent imagination of Austrian pianist-composer Friedrich Gulda.
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September 12, 2007 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Keyboardist Joe Zawinul, whose innovative playing and composing influenced musical genres reaching from soul jazz and avant-garde to fusion and world music, died early Tuesday in Vienna. He was 75. According to the Associated Press, his death was confirmed by a spokesperson for Vienna's Wilhelmina Clinic, where he had been hospitalized since August. Zawinul's manager, Risa Zincke, told the Austria Press that he suffered from a rare form of skin cancer.
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August 30, 1992 | DON HECKMAN and New albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor) to four (excellent).
JOE ZAWINUL/THE ZAWINUL SYNDICATE "Lost Tribes" Columbia * * * Pianist-composer Zawinul's most appealing quality is his continuing quest for wider forms of expression. While not quite a concept album, this collection includes a number of pieces linked by a concern for what Zawinul describes as "an isolation between people." "South Africa," replete with the sounds of gunfire and helicopters, is a powerful anthem for an oppressed nation.
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May 23, 2009 | Rick Schultz
There was a heavy Taiwanese presence at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica for the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra's run-out concert Thursday night. No wonder, what with the sponsorship of the concert by the Taiwanese United Fund and the unveiling of a new Romance for Cello and Orchestra by Taiwanese composer Gordon Chin as played by cellist Felix Fan, whose parents come from Taipei. Ultimately, though, the biggest attention-getter of the night was another Fan solo vehicle, a cello concerto from the bent imagination of Austrian pianist-composer Friedrich Gulda.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2011 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
Given certain realities of the marketplace, jazz musicians generally don't have to worry about being easily recognized while walking the streets. For pianist Michael Wolff, however, this is a bit more of an occupational hazard on multiple fronts. A veteran musician who has enjoyed a variety of high-profile gigs dating to his first break in Cal Tjader's band in the early '70s, Wolff's face might also seem familiar if you caught "The Arsenio Hall Show" in the '90s, when the pianist led the talk show's funk-leaning house band the Dog Pound for 51/2 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2007 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Keyboardist Joe Zawinul, whose innovative playing and composing influenced musical genres reaching from soul jazz and avant-garde to fusion and world music, died early Tuesday in Vienna. He was 75. According to the Associated Press, his death was confirmed by a spokesperson for Vienna's Wilhelmina Clinic, where he had been hospitalized since August. Zawinul's manager, Risa Zincke, told the Austria Press that he suffered from a rare form of skin cancer.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2003 | Josef Woodard, Special to The Times
It is foggy late morning in Malibu, and Joe Zawinul is having one of his friendly slugfests. He's pummeling a well-padded Phil Garcia, his trainer for the last two years, and jabbing at the speed bags in vigorous three-minute rounds on the patio of Malibu Health and Rehabilitation, with an ocean view across PCH. This is not where some might expect to find the prizewinning jazz keyboardist and former co-leader of Weather Report.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 1997 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jazz has so many implicit connections with the many ethnic musics of the world that it's surprising that--aside from the Brazilian and the Afro-Cuban connections--there haven't been more efforts at linkage. One of the few who have been trying is keyboardist Joe Zawinul. And the group he brought to Catalina Bar & Grill Tuesday night at the start of a six-day run brilliantly revealed the possibilities of coupling jazz, African music and--remarkably--contemporary music technology.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 1992 | DON HECKMAN and New albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor) to four (excellent).
JOE ZAWINUL/THE ZAWINUL SYNDICATE "Lost Tribes" Columbia * * * Pianist-composer Zawinul's most appealing quality is his continuing quest for wider forms of expression. While not quite a concept album, this collection includes a number of pieces linked by a concern for what Zawinul describes as "an isolation between people." "South Africa," replete with the sounds of gunfire and helicopters, is a powerful anthem for an oppressed nation.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 1990 | LEONARD FEATHER
It's a far cry from the synthesizers of Joe Zawinul's Weather Report to the happening scene of rap. But, somehow, the Vienna-born keyboard master who co-led the jazz/rock fusion group with Wayne Shorter from 1970 to 1985 has bridged the gap. His best known composition, "Birdland," which became a disco hit for Weather Report in the 1970s is on the charts again, this time as part of Quincy Jones' smash "Back on the Block," currently one of the country's Top 10 albums, already certified platinum.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2003 | Josef Woodard, Special to The Times
It is foggy late morning in Malibu, and Joe Zawinul is having one of his friendly slugfests. He's pummeling a well-padded Phil Garcia, his trainer for the last two years, and jabbing at the speed bags in vigorous three-minute rounds on the patio of Malibu Health and Rehabilitation, with an ocean view across PCH. This is not where some might expect to find the prizewinning jazz keyboardist and former co-leader of Weather Report.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 1991 | DON HECKMAN
Despite its place in the Top 5 on the Billboard magazine contemporary jazz chart, this album has little to do with jazz. Commercial dance-funk rhythms--usually in the form of Marcus Miller's electric bass slaps--dominate nearly every track.
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