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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

On the way to the Boilermaker last year Weather Report's "Birdland" popped onto the playlist Tom had made for the occassion. This morning as I was driving into work I got the Cannonball Adderley Quintet's "Why Am I Treated So Bad?". It's funny to think about guys like Wayne Shorter or Adderly-- Miles Davis alumnus!-- playing such rinky-dink stuff, even if it is catchy. What could account for it? The answer, of course, is right there, on keyboards: Joe Zawinul. I don't know why these things are such guilty pleasures; if they were rock instrumentals I'd feel less ambivilent, I think. It's just odd to hear the guy who recorded "Something Else", or the guy who recorded "Speak No Evil" working in this sort of pop vein.

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