Here's a report of jazz musician and composer Joe Zawinul being hospitalized in Vienna, possibly in the oncology department. The Joe Zawinul Unofficial Italian Fans site also reports of his ill health at a recent albeit well-played concert.
In a new article on Weather Report bandmate, the late Jaco Pastorius, the group's place in jazz was thusly described:
Yet now it becomes clear that Weather Report was never trying to predict the future, at least not in the long-term sense of the idea. It was simply indicating the way the wind was blowing at the time and, like any good meteorologist, correctly anticipated the short-term future. For a dozen or so years, a lot of bands tried to sound like Weather Report, proving that Messrs. Zawinul and Shorter had deftly forecasted tomorrow.
And on classic albums like these, Joe Zawinul has left a lasting mark on this listener: