I have listened and enjoyed the music of Joe Zawinul for many years from when I first heard him play with Miles Davis. (Brown Street with the WDR Big Band is one of favourite recordings) The Absolute Ensemble “Absolute Zawinul” was on my Amazon wish list for a long time, and finally, it was purchased for me as a gift at Christmas. It features works that I certainly wasn’t familiar with, as Joe Zawinul stated in program notes that he didn’t want this to be another album of arrangements of his more popular works. It turned out to be Zawinul’s last studio album as sadly he died shortly after it’s release.
I’d never really heard of the Absolute Ensemble before this either, but I will be looking out for more of their works in future.