Faces & Places

Pianist/synthesist Joe Zawinul will always be remembered and esteemed as one of the founding members of the definitive jazz fusion ensemble Weather Report.

Pianist/synthesist Joe Zawinul will always be remembered and esteemed as one of the founding members of the definitive jazz fusion ensemble Weather Report. He has cut some terrific records since the end of Weather Report, but none more absorbing than Faces & Places. Having assembled a fabulous group of collaborators from all corners of the earth, Zawinul put them to work on 14 original tunes. The album swings without pause. Any attempt to isolate killer tracks must begin with "Café Andalusia," "Siseya," and "East 12th Street Band." Zawinul's groove is an enticing merger of funk, worldbeat, and distinctly post-bop jazz. His arrangements evince the propulsive attack that's long been a key facet of his style. Faces & Places is worldly, must-hear jazz.—PVV