November 11, 2014

Joe Zawinul - Dialects, 1986


Austrian musician Joe Zawinul is a hugely influential jazz synthesist that played on Miles Davis's Bitches Brew, In a Silent Way, and in the fusion band Weather Report. Recorded at his home in Pasadena, Dialects is an entertaining journey for any fans of African choral music, fusion, new age, and outsider electronic music in general. Jazz, but without much bombastic, showy musicianship. It has the best vocoder usage I've ever heard, tasteful synth whooshes, electronic drum pads, rain sticks, an African vocal trio, and some help from Bobby McFerrin. I'd call this a masterpiece!

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