Like I promised when he passed in March, we're gonna revisit one of the all-timers on what would have been his 90th birthday.
Here's something: when Tina Turner ran away from Ike and had nowhere to go and nothing to get there with, this guy took her into his home and helped her begin to fashion a career on her own.
Then it was on to the Second Great Quintet of Miles Davis, at the bleeding edge of the music in the 1960s.
He began recording as a leader during this time, and produced several bedrock, pillar albums for the Blue Note label in the 2nd half of the decade.
As the Sixties ended and the fusion stuff came in, he conspired with another cat from Miles' electric band to create something totally unprecedented at the time.
It was at the start of 1971 that two groups hit that would essentially define Fusion for everyone else that would follow.
Weather Report had no guitars at all but for the electric bass, and was woven primarily around Zawinul's multiple keyboards and synthesizers, and of course the horns of today's birthday boy.
WR went on for 15 years with varying personnel around Joe and Wayne, but here's a fine example of them that just so happens to have been taped 50 years ago tomorrow, during their Sweetnighter period.
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I reoriented this one to include the bits not aired in the 2022 France Musique rebroadcast, whilst reordering the tunes to play, more or less, in the correct order as performed. The fragment bit was originally ahead of 125th Street Congress, but I thought the overall show flowed better with it after so that's what I did. If this is unacceptable, you're more than welcome to kill me.
I might do one more for August, or I might not, we'll see. But I thought it necessary to get your weekend working with more Wayne, with the forecast being for some very heavy Weather.--J.