DVD: Joe Zawinul

Joe Zawinul: A Musical Portrait  (ArtHaus Musik). This well crafted documentary offers generous helpings of Zawinul’s music while outlining his life and philosophy. Zawinul’s
Zawinul.jpgluxurious existence in Malibu during his final years (“I have everything I want in life”) contrasts with a visit to his boyhood home in Vienna and his account of surviving an Allied bombing in 1944. The sequences featuring the last edition of The Zawinul Syndicate illustrate his charisma and power as a leader. Director Mark Kidel’s videography, editing and sound mixing give the production a human heart.

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