Birdland

By
Joe Zawinul
Arranged
Jock McKenzie
Price
£ 20.00 

Weather Report’s biggest commercial success came from "Birdland" on their 1977 album “Heavy Weather” and is one of the most recognisable jazz pieces of the 1970s, being additionally recorded by The Manhattan Transfer, Quincy Jones, Maynard Ferguson and Buddy Rich.

  • Bite-Size Brass Band
  • 3 Cornets
  • 1 Flugel
  • 1 Tenor Horn
  • 3 Trombones
  • 1 Euphonium
  • 1 Tuba
  • 1 Drum Kit
  • 1 Tambourine

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Josef Erich Zawinul (1932–2007) was an Austrian jazz composer and keyboard player that grew up in Vienna. He first came to prominence with saxophonist Cannonball Adderley and went on to play with Miles Davis, becoming one of the creators of jazz fusion, a new musical genre that combined jazz with rock. He co-founded the group Weather Report with Wayne Shorter, where he pioneered the use of electric piano and synthesiser. At an early age, the accordion was his first instrument, he later went on to study the clarinet, violin and piano at the Vienna Konservatorium. In 1959 he moved to the USA to attend Berklee College of Music, but a week later he received a job offer from Maynard Ferguson, so he left college and went on tour. He spent most of the 1960s with Cannonball Adderley, during which time he wrote "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”, “Walk Tall", and "Country Preacher”. At the end of the decade he recorded with Miles Davis on “In a Silent Way” as Davis was starting to experiment with jazz fusion. Weather Report’s biggest commercial success came from "Birdland" on their 1977 album “Heavy Weather” and is one of the most recognisable jazz pieces of the 1970s, being additionally recorded by The Manhattan Transfer, Quincy Jones, Maynard Ferguson and Buddy Rich. It was written as a tribute to the Birdland nightclub in New York City and was also named in honour of the man after whom the club was named, Charlie Parker, the 'Bird' himself. The song won him three Grammys. Zawinul also wrote a symphony, called Stories of the Danube, which was commissioned by the Brucknerhaus for the opening of the 1993 Bruckner Festival in Linz.

“Another impressive offering then from Superbrass, and a worthy successor to their excellent debut disc”

Dr. Gavin Dixon
Classical-CD-Reviews.Com

“One of the finest brass ensemble recordings that has ever come my way.”

Rodney Newton
Composer, arranger and music journalist

“This is joyous stuff; an intelligent, coherent crossover disc, performed with phenomenal punch. Brilliantly recorded too – what’s the point of assembling a collective of virtuoso brass players if they can’t make your ears bleed ?”

Graham Rickson
www.theartsdesk.com

“The end result, is a resounding success. This is not a commercial CD, this is education, passion and self belief written in the sleeve notes”

Richard Walker
British Trombone Society

“Wow! What a great CD. The playing is superb”

Dr. Robert Childs
Musical Director, Cory Band

“This is absolutely one of the finest and most creative brass ensembles in the world."

Marc Dickman
University of South Florida writing in the International Trombone Association Journal

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