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Benny Golson All-Stars Remember Clifford; Joe Zawinul & WDR Big Band Play Weather Report

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With guest host Rhonda Hamilton, here's another packed show from the 2006 North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, courtesy of Radio Netherlands.

In the early 1950s, young trumpeter Clifford Brown (1930-1956) would drive from Wilmington, Del., to Philadelphia for Saturday jam sessions with tenor saxophonist Benny Golson. "Brownie" was not a big talker, but he was a fast and fantastic trumpet player with a gorgeous tone, still appreciated and studied by today's generation. At North Sea, Golson leads an all-star jam on "Confirmation" -- a jam session favorite -- by Charlie Parker, then introduces trumpeter Roy Hargrove for Golson's lovely lament, "I Remember Clifford."

Then we jump into the post-Miles Davis era, at an extravagant, high-flying show. Keyboard synthesist Joe Zawinul made a huge mark in the late 1960s Miles Davis bands. At North Sea, Zawinul opens quietly, with "In a Silent Way," recorded by Miles.

Joe Zawinul
Zawinul is onstage with the WDR Big Band from Germany and a special international rhythm section. The music is a tribute to the pioneering 1970s fusion collective Weather Report, originally with Wayne Shorter on sax, Zawinul on keys, and later Jaco Pastorius on bass (among other personnel). Zawinul and the WDR play "Brown Street" and "Carnavalito." Arranger Vince Mendoza re-imagines this colorful, small-group music for Europe's longest-lived jazz orchestra. And they can play!

Zawinul and the WDR have a studio recording entitled Brown Street from the Heads Up! label.


"Confirmation" (Charlie Parker)
"I Remember Clifford" (Golson)

Benny Golson, tenor
Roy Hargrove and Eddie Henderson, trumpets
Lynne Arriale, piano
Buster Williams, bass
Al Foster, drums


"In a Silent Way" (Davis)
"Brown Street" (Zawinul, arr. Mendoza)
"Carnavalito" (Zawinul, arr. Mendoza)

Joe Zawinul, vocals & keyboards
Alex Acuņa, percussion
Karolina Strassmayer, Heiner Wiberny, alto sax
Paul Heller, Olivier Peters, tenor sax
Jens Neufang, bass sax
Rüdiger Baldauf, Rob Bruynen, Andy Haderer, John Marshall, Klaus Osterloh, trumpets
Dave Horler, Bernt Laukamp, Ludwig Nuss, trombones
Mattis Cederberg, bass trombone
Paul Shigihara, guitar
Linely Marthe, bass
Nathaniel Townsley, drums


North Sea Jazz Festival 2007
Jazz Tours- A trip to North Sea for JazzSet listeners
Benny Golson
Benny Golson on NPR!
Joe Zawinul
Joe Zawinul on the May 2007 cover of Down Beat

Thanks to Manon Miessen, Producer; recording engineers Marc Broer and Martijn van Leeuwen (Golson) and Paul Schoenmakers (Zawinul); liaison Noah Waxman of Radio Netherlands.

Dee Dee Bridgewater's recording engineer is Ginger Bruner at KUNV, Las Vegas.

Technical Director Duke Markos, Producer Becca Pulliam, Executive Producer Thurston Briscoe III at WBGO Jazz 88 in Newark, NJ.

Copyright 2007 NPR