Joe Zawinul @ the Zawinul Syndicate
I couldn’t possibly write anything here that hasn’t been written before about Joe Zawinul or the Zawinul Syndicate but I can tell you that this album is just magical. Recorded on Joe’s 75th birthday (two months before dying of cancer) at a festival in Lugano, Switzerland, this was to be the bands last multitrack recorded performance (also included is a beautiful duo performance by Joe and Wayne Shorter of In a Silent Way which was recorded in Hungary. Sadly, a performance which would be Joe’s last).
Despite being in poor health, Joe and the band deliver in a big way. The band sounds as good as I’ve ever heard and the performances are just awe inspiring. The Syndicate are simply playing their respective a**es off here and in listening to this amazing double-live CD, I couldn’t help but feel like this recording was Joe’s final gift to the world. Do yourself a favor, buy this set and listen to it… over and over again. It doesn’t get any better than these guys. (and check out Linley Marthe’s bass solo on “Fast City / Two Lines”… WHOOOOOoooo…)