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Live Joe Zawinul Album to Be Released in February

75, a two-disc live album by the late Joe Zawinul, recorded in concert in Lugano, Switzerland, on July 7, 2007, is set for release on the Heads Up label on February 24. 75 also includes a track recorded in Hungary in August 2007, where Zawinul is joined by saxophonist and Weather Report co-founder Wayne Shorter. Zawinul, best known for his work with that group and his own Zawinul Syndicate, died on September 11, 2007, at age 75 after a battle with cancer.

World music fans will appreciate the performances of Moroccan vocalist Aziz Sahmaoui, Mauritius-born bassist Linley Marthe, drummer and kalimba player Paco Sery from the Ivory Coast, Belgian vocalist Sabine Kabongo (from Zap Mama), and guitarist-singer Alegre Correa and percussionist Jorge Bezzera, both from Brazil.

“In a Silent Way,” from Zawinul’s 2007 Heads Up release, Brown Street, won a Grammy Award in February 2008 for Best Instrumental Arrangement (the track was arranged by Vince Mendoza).

Photo by Matjaz Vrecko

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