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Jazz keyboard great Zawinul dies at 75



Tuesday, September 11, 2007; 4:47 AM



VIENNA (Reuters) - Keyboardist Joe Zawinul, who played with Miles Davis and helped create the sound of jazz fusion, died from cancer in Vienna on Tuesday, local news agency APA reported, quoting his son Erich.


"Joe Zawinul was born on July 7, 1932 in earth time, and on September 11, 2007 in eternal time. He lives on," APA quoted Erich Zawinul as saying.


Zawinul, 75, had been admitted to the Wilhelmina Clinic in his native city last month. The hospital said it would give a statement later in the day.


Zawinul went to the United States in his 20s and found fame as a keyboardist and a composer in trumpet legend Davis's first electric band, playing on the "In a Silent Way" and "Bitches Brew" albums that pioneered jazz fusion in the late 1960s.


In 1970 he founded Weather Report, a band that did much to bring electric piano, synthesizers and African and Middle Eastern rhythms to mainstream audiences in a jazz setting.


Zawinul has fronted the "Zawinul Syndicate" for the past 20 years. He had planned to give a concert in Vienna's concert hall on September 29.

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someone in the keys forum pointed out that it was on this day 20 years ago that jaco was beaten to death.


He was beaten on Sept. 11 '87 but died on Sept 21. :cry:


Still it is very sad. I'll certainly be listening to some weather report today in honour of Mr. Zawinul. and a hell of a lot of Jaco stuff on the 21st. :(


Granted, I was only 1 and a half when he died but who cares. He was an awesome bassist.

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