Today is the third anniversary of the passing of Joe Zawinul. To honor his memory, I have chosen a clip from an interview I did with him in February 2007. We sat on lounge chairs at Joe’s Malibu home, high on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The main purpose of our interview was to talk about the history of Joe’s band, the Zawinul Syndicate. But there were a few other nuggets as well. In this clip I ask Joe about the importance of the human voice in his music and he gave me a revealing explanation of his musical philosophy.
We miss you, Joe, but your music lives!