13 September 2007

You May Not Know the Name, But He Helped Change Modern Music

Keyboardist and Bandleader Joseph Zawinul, side-man for Miles Davis and founder of Weather Report, has died at the age of 75.

Joe, personally, you gave me so much, from your work on Miles Davis' In a Silent Way to the "We never solo, we always solo" trademark Weather Report concert I saw in my late teens -- the show was an uninterrupted two hour wall of improvisation at the highest level.

The Guardian
's obituary documents his accomplishments, influence, and what he gave us all.

In memory of a jazz-rock fusion pioneer, thanks, and rest in peace.

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