Our sacred music this Sunday emerges unexpectedly from the archives of jazz classics, specifically the album Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! Live at “The Club” (1966).
Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Nat Adderley (cornet), Joe Zawinul (keyboard), Victor Gaskin (bass), Roy McCurdy (drums).
The other unexpected thing is that the writer of this most gospel-infused of jazz standards (Joe Zawinul) came from the mountains of Austria, not from a Baptist church. Zawinul and Wayne Shorter would found the group Weather Report about five years later. In the meantime, many would cover Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!, though this live version continues to be the gold standard. The very first post of this blog featured a cover by Jaco Pastorius, Weather Report’s most famous bassist. It was recorded (probably a bootleg) when he was no longer in Weather Report and was sinking deep into his bipolar disorder in the last years of his relatively young life.