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Joe Zawinul & the Zawinul Syndicate: Vienna Nights: Live at Joe Zawinul’s Birdland

Joe Zawinul continues to disprove the myths electronic keyboards can’t be played as soulfully as their acoustic components, and mixing and matching idiomatic elements dilutes song quality. Vienna Nights blends aspects of fusion, blues, African rhythms, funk, while spotlighting Zawinul’s fluidity as a soloist and accompanist. He fuels many spirited dialogues on a series of concerts documented on this two-disc set.

Occasionally Zawinul and company celebrate the past, most notably the outstanding versions of mid-’70s Weather Report cuts “Badia” and “Boogie Woogie Waltz” that rank among the second disc’s highlights. He places equal emphasis on melodic development, harmonic response and frenetic rhythmic counterpoint and/or exploration.

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