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.

“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

“The arrangements all sound fresh, and the playing is beyond reproach.”

Dr. Gavin Dixon
Classical CD Reviews

“This intriguing "water-borne" voyage runs the gamut from more classically-tinged interpretations to straight-ahead and improvised jazz. Along that journey we are treated to a highly inspired and masterfully presented performance.”

Nicholas F. Mondello
Allaboutjazz.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

It is scintillatingly good. Superbrass more than live up to their name.”


Peter Bale
4barsrest.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

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