Jaco Pastorius

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
It's impossible to hear Jaco Pastorious' debut album today as it sounded when it was first released in 1976. The opening track -- his transcription for fretless electric bass of the bebop standard "Donna Lee" -- was a manifesto of virtuosity; the next track, the funk-soul celebration "Come On, Come Over" was a poke in the eye to jazz snobs and a love letter to the R&B greats of the previous decade two of whom, Sam & Dave, sing on that track; "Continuum" was a spacey, chorus-drenched look forward to the years he was about to spend playing with Weather Report. The program continues like that for three-quarters of an hour, each track heading off in a different ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
It's impossible to hear Jaco Pastorious' debut album today as it sounded when it was first released in 1976. The opening track -- his transcription for fretless electric bass of the bebop standard "Donna Lee" -- was a manifesto of virtuosity; the next track, the funk-soul celebration "Come On, Come Over" was a poke in the eye to jazz snobs and a love letter to the R&B greats of the previous decade two of whom, Sam & Dave, sing on that track; "Continuum" was a spacey, chorus-drenched look forward to the years he was about to spend playing with Weather Report. The program continues like that for three-quarters of an hour, each track heading off in a different direction -- each one a masterpiece that would have been a proud achievement for any musician. What made Jaco so exceptional was that he was responsible for all of them, and this was his debut album. Beyond his phenomenal bass technique and his surprisingly mature compositional chops he was 24 when this album was released, there was the breathtaking audacity of his arrangements: "Okonkole Y Trompa" is scored for electric bass, French horn, and percussion, and "Speak Like a Child," which Pastorious composed in collaboration with pianist Herbie Hancock, features a string arrangement by Pastorious that merits serious attention in its own right. For a man with this sort of kaleidoscopic creativity to remain sane was perhaps too much to ask; his gradual descent into madness and eventual tragic death are now a familiar story, one which makes the bright promise of this glorious debut album all the more bittersweet. This remastered reissue adds two tracks to the original program: alternate takes of "Used to Be a Cha Cha" and "6/4 Jam".
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/1/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646497722
  • Catalog Number: 64977
  • Sales rank: 20,621

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Donna Lee (2:27)
  2. 2 Come on, Come Over (3:54)
  3. 3 Continuum (4:33)
  4. 4 Kuru/Speak Like a Child (7:43)
  5. 5 Portrait of Tracy (2:22)
  6. 6 Opus Pocus (5:30)
  7. 7 Okonkole y Trompa (4:25)
  8. 8 (Used to Be A) Cha Cha (8:57)
  9. 9 Forgotten Love (2:14)
  10. 10 (Used to Be A) Cha Cha (8:49)
  11. 11 6/4 Jam (7:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jaco Pastorius Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Bass, Electric Bass
Sam & Dave Vocals
Paul Bley Electric Piano, Track Performer
Michael Brecker Horn, Tenor Saxophone
Richard Davis Double Bass
Herbie Hancock Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Clavinet, fender rhodes
Hubert Laws Flute, Piccolo, Wind
Pat Metheny Electric Guitar, Track Performer
David Sanborn Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Wayne Shorter Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Howard Johnson Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Lenny White Drums
Al Brown Viola
David Nadien Violin, Concert Master
Don Alias Percussion, Bongos, Conductor, Conga, Bells, Iya, Okonkolo, Afuche
Peter Graves Trombone, Bass Trombone
Julien Barber Viola
Arnold Black Violin
Randy Brecker Trumpet, Horn
Selwart Clarke Viola
Stewart Clarke Viola
Harry Cykman Violin
Alex Darou Keyboards
Bruce Ditmas Drums, Track Performer
Bob Economou Drums
Paul Gershman Violin
Mike Gibbs Conductor
Harry Lookofsky Violin
Harold Kohon Violin
Beverly Lauridsen Cello, Celli
Joseph Malin Violin
Charles McCracken Cello, Celli
Homer Mensch Bass, Double Bass
Narada Michael Walden Drums
Othello Molineaux Percussion, Steel Drums
Kermit Moore Cello
Max Pollikoff Violin
Dave Prater Vocals
Matthew Raimondi Violin
Alan Shulman Cello
Ron Tooley Trumpet
The Manny Vardi Strings Viola
Leroy Williams Percussion, Steel Drums
Sam Moore Vocals
Alex Darqui fender rhodes
Peter Gordon Horn, French Horn
Technical Credits
Bob Belden Producer
Paul Bley Producer
Herbie Hancock Liner Notes
Pat Metheny Liner Notes
Jaco Pastorius Composer, String Arrangements
Don Alias Contributor
Bobby Colomby Producer
David Palmer Engineer
Don Puluse Engineer
Jan Rathburn Engineer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Vic Anesini Remastering
Ted Brosnan Engineer
Ted Hammond Engineer
Lily Lew Packaging Manager
Bob Herzog Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "The Gift" That Keeps On Giving!

    It is impossible for me to separate the accomplishments on this cd from the youthfulness of its' namesake. That any musician might have propelled us into the forseeable future by playing Donna Lee on the bass, masterfully I might add, is juice enough for thought, but, that that musician was only 24 yrs. old on the original release date of this album, is simply amazing! Jaco was always capable of communicating something beyond the notes he played - a certain spirit of freedom that removed all boundaries from view. He gave the rest of us license to experience that freedom by revealing it to us. From the opening lines of Donna Lee to the inspired bass solo on "Used to be a Cha Cha" to the beautifully romantic "Forgotten Love", Jaco fearlessly opens himself to us. The performances of each musician seem as if they are lifted into a realm beyond the norm, transported there by the presence of one Mr. Pastorius. Perhaps Herbie Hancock expressed it best when he said that what Jaco gave is not limited to the past. Jaco continues to breathe new life into music and 'Jaco Pastorius' will continue to ignite the soul whenever played.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The man, the myth, the legend.

    Jaco Pastorius almost single handedly creatd the modern concept of virtuoso bass playing. When I was a youth, I conciously avoided him because I thougt I might not be ''An Original'' if I listened too closely. Now, at 30, I know that there is nothing I can play that won't be somehow a takeoff on this mans utterly amazing abilities. Listen and learn friends, people like Jaco don't grow on trees you know.

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    Posted November 18, 2009

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