Joe Zawinul died. Heard about it yesterday, read about it this morning.

If you don't know Joe, he's among the pioneers of jazz fusion. This CNN piece can give you all the background. Played with Miles Davis. Formed the seminal ensemble Weather Report. Wrote "Birdland", perhaps THE signature tune of he genre, a tune that's been performed by scores of professional artists and non-professionals alike. Having grown up not long after the piece was composed, and being a band kid, The Beat played the tune in high school jazz and marching bands, and in jazz band in college. Of course Weather Report albums found their way into our collection.

So today The Beats says thanks and rest in peace to Joe Zawinul.