The Zawinul Syndicate - Black Water (rel.1989)
Front Cover Album Info
Artist/Composer The Zawinul Syndicate
Title Black Water
Length 39:58 Discs: 1 Tracks: 9
Format CD Packaging Jewel Case
Label Columbia Cat. Number 465344
Style World Fusion Rating
Recorded at  Studio Ultimo, West Los Angeles
Musicians Credits
Josef Zawinul keyboards, accordion
Scott Henderson guitars
Gerald Veasley bass
Cornell Rochester drums
Lynne Fiddmont-Linsey vocals, percussion
Munyungo Jackson percussion
Producer Josef Zawinul
Engineer Paul Ericksen
Engineer Ivan Zawinul
Track list
Carnavalito (Zawinul) 05:39
Black Water (Zawinul) 05:12
Familial (Zawinul) 04:58
Medicine Man (Zawinul) 05:45
In The Same Boat (Zawinul) 04:41
Monk's Mood (Monk) 02:10
Little Rootie Tootie (Monk) 04:46
They Had A Dream (Zawinul) 05:13
And So It Goes (Zawinul) 01:34
AMG Review (3):
With a few changes in personnel, the Zawinul Syndicate continues to be Joe Zawinul's personal vehicle for pan-global fusions of jazz, Afro-Latin rhythms, rock and whatever world music he can lay his hands on. Again Zawinul keeps a configuration of vocalists on board, including his own gritty electronically processed voice, and he even dusts off his childhood accordion for a bit of Austrian local color on "Medicine Man." The leadoff track, a group remake of "Carnivalito" recorded live in Copenhagen, is, oddly enough, inferior to Zawinul's solo version — too cluttered. But with the South African freedom-fighting, percolating "Black Water," the Syndicate is back on track, empowered as always by Zawinul's unquenchable urge to swing right in the pocket. And far from being predictable in its format, the Syndicate takes considerable time out to do Thelonious Monk's "Monk's Mood" and "Little Rootie Tootie" in amazingly reverent, though electronic, fashion. One can, however, do without bassist Gerald Veasley's spoken admonition to Monk's critics that reeks of PC. — Richard S. Ginell