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Also, Jaco remained in the band throughwhen they recorded the 2nd eponymous album which was released the following year. I struggled for aawinul to get my family and friends into fusion and then this song came out and instantly everybody got what I had tried to tell them.
JazzSearch: THE SONG AND THE STORY: BIRDLAND
Sad that it pretty marked the end of fusion. Would you be able to tell me who wrote this article for citing purposes?
It’s great that you included the Manhattan Transfer in birdlsnd history of Birdland. Please don’t forget the brilliant lyricist, Jon Hendricks. His role was key to the commercial success of this tune! The song that made it’s composer – Joe Zawinul – and his band, Weather Report world famous.
Where did this defining source of inspiration come from? Weather Report performing Birdland inStadthalle Offenbach. It is here that Zawinul hears jazz for the first time when a fellow student performs an impromptu version of “Honeysuckle Rose”.
Named for nirdland saxophonist Charlie “YardBird” Parker, the venue was celebrating it’s 10th anniversary when Zawinul visited for the first time; later, whenever Zawinul and wife of 40 years, Maxine celebrated their wedding anniversary, thoughts inevitably turned to Birdland, which is were they first met.
The Manhattan Transfer performing Birdland in Tokyo, Jaco has been writing letters to Zawinul for years, jpe going as far as calling himself “The World’s Greatest Bass Player” upon meeting Zawinul a few years before. Pastorius then joins the band for their upcoming European tour and Zawinul is so impressed that he says Jaco is Weather Report’s “catalyst.
Jaco Pastorius, on the road with Weather Report for the first time, Montreux As Zawinul put it”I heard him Pastorius play 4 bars and I knew history was being made.
Not to take anything away from the immensely gifted Alphonso Johnson but, hearing his style then or now makes it virtually impossible to imagine him playing those signature and as Zawinul correctly said “historic” licks that make Birdland what it is today – an unqualified classic.
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