The September issue of Jazziz magazine has a good interview with Zawinul by Ted Panken. It’s worth seeking out. The interview was conducted prior to the Syndicate’s summer tour, and there isn’t much on Faces and Places, but the interview does have some interesting thoughts from Zawinul on his music from years past.
Keyboard player Scott Kinsey, who is credited as a production assistant on Zawinul’s new album, Faces and Places, will play a rare concert under his own name in the Los Angeles area next week. Best known for his cutting edge synthesizer work with Tribal Tech, Tim Hagans and Bob Belden, Kinsey will perform at LaVaLee in the San Fernando Valley on August 13, along with Steve Tavaglione on sax, Jimmy Earl on bass, and fellow Tribal Tech band member (and former Zawinul Syndicate drummer) Kirk Covington. Wish I could be there!
I also stumbled upon another Zawinul interview at the Barnes and Noble web site. Not much new here for well-read Zawinul fans, although it does contain the Zawinul quote, “I think, in all sincerity, that the last serious movement in jazz was Weather Report.” One of these days we need to compile a list of printed Zawinul remarks, because there are some great ones!