Absolute Zawinul

SSC1257 2010-03-23

Track List

Bimoya - 7:07
Sultan - 9:22
Great Empire - 4:29
Peace - 8:09
Good Day - 5:30
The Peasant - 8:25
Ballad For Two Musicians - 9:46
Ice Pick Willy - 7:03


Absolute Ensemble - 22 Musicians
Kristjan Jarvi - conductor
Linley Marthe - bass -electric
Sabine Kabongo - vocals
Paco Sery - drums, percussion, kalimba
Aziz Sahmaoui - percussion, vocals, gumbri
Allegre Correa - guitar, vocals

"This is the last studio recording of legendary Joe Zawinul of Weather Report fame. It is a masterpiece and a must for any music fan.
Joe’s wish was that the Absolute Zawinul project be about the musician he had become, not the musician he was thirty-something years before. He was adamant that he did not want to hear more Birdland arrangements and Weather Report tunes. The collaboration was to explore some of the seven hundred-odd works Zawinul had composed but not yet realized. Joe did want to hear some of his favorite old tunes but in an entirely new way. Absolute arranger Gene Pritsker worked painstakingly to notate the complex and incomparably subtle improvisations Joe had laid down over the years.
Joe wished for the project to be arranged so that it could be played with or without him. Gene Pritsker did this so well that at one rehearsal Joe yelled out “You stole all of my solos, what am I gonna play now?”
Some of the most extraordinary music Joe Zawinul ever played were his introductions and after-thoughts laid down for this recording. In retrospect, they were Joe’s gift to us."


"When it hit its stride, the group roared like a dedicated jazz-rock big band, with four string players, five winds and two brasses filling in the myriad colors originally provided by Zawinul�s banks of keyboards."

Steve Smith
The New York Times, April 2009
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Great review by Bill Meredith in May 2010 JazzTimes!

Bill Meredith, JazzTimes - May 2010 read the full article

Fantastic five star review by John Ephland in June 2010 DownBeat!

John Ephland, DOWNBEAT - June 2010 read the full article

"Absolute Zawinul" one of DownBeat's Top CDs of 2010!

John Ephland, DOWNBEAT - January 2011 read the full article