2 excellent and hard to get Atlantic 60s LPs by Zawinul on one disc. Although Joe first came to big fame in the US as a funky vamper and soloist behind Cannonball Adderley's big group of the 60s, his early album as a leader has a much more mature sound than that funky work with Cannon – and it rightly earns the "third stream" tag in the title through the use of an enlarged ensemble that includes cello and viola, in addition to the core group of soulful players like Jimmy Owens, Richard Davis, and Freddie
Waits. William Fischer's also on the record on tenor, and many of the tracks are his own compositions, with that kind of weird off-kilter, slightly serious approach he used on other Atlantic/
Vortex sessions at the time. The mix of soul and serious scoring is actually a pretty darn compelling blend – as you'll hear on tracks like "Lord, Lord, Lord", "Soul Of A Village", and "The 5th Canto". And the second LP of the set, Money In The Pocket may arguably be the best solo record that Joe Zawinul ever cut – and one of the few to really show him working in the sound that he had when with Cannonball Adderley's famous 60s combo! The record features Joe on piano, in groups made up of soul jazz luminaries like Blue Mitchell, Joe Henderson
, Sam Jones, Clifford Jordan, and Louis Hayes. Tracks are short and groovy – with a bit of a Blue Note kick to them. Titles include "If", "Midnight Mood", "Some More Of Dat", "Sharon's Waltz", and "Del Sasser".
(Out of print.)