Absolute Ensemble - Absolute Zawinul"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
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
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."