Fusion pioneer Joe Zawinul passes away | Bleader

Fusion pioneer Joe Zawinul passes away

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Keyboardist Joe Zawinul, an important figure in the genesis of jazz fusion, died today in Vienna of Merkel cell carcinoma. He was 75. Zawinul played on the Miles Davis classics Bitches Brew and In a Silent Way, founded Weather Report, and introduced a wide range of electronic keyboards into jazz.

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