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September 11, 2007

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walter horn

I don't think enough has been said about the way in which Zawinul (for good or ill) changed the sound of mainstream improvised music. The later evolution of fusion (like the evolution of most artistic genres) illustrates how talented its earliest expositors were. The drama one could find in discs like "Bitches Brew" and "Mysterious Traveller" was never quite duplicated in second generation fusion, and this wasn't just because of the "newness." People like Miles and Joe had a deeper knowledge of how to compose and arrange than most common toilers can ever hope to achieve. Their best work had direction, surprises and treats, a deneument--everything needed to produce awe.

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