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All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
Back before he turned everyone's idea of bass playing inside out, Jaco Pastorius spent five years on the bandstand with the Peter Graves Orchestra at Bachelors III, a swanky spot in his hometown of Ft. Lauderdale. Nearly three decades after the future star's departure in 1975, and 16 years after his brutal murder, Graves got the guys back together, christened them in their former colleague's name, and invited the most prominent bass guitarists of the early 21st century down to join them in a project dedicated to Pastorius' legacy. Throughout these polished performances, the bass parts testify to how profoundly Pastorius altered that instrument's role. Bottom line so...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
Back before he turned everyone's idea of bass playing inside out, Jaco Pastorius spent five years on the bandstand with the Peter Graves Orchestra at Bachelors III, a swanky spot in his hometown of Ft. Lauderdale. Nearly three decades after the future star's departure in 1975, and 16 years after his brutal murder, Graves got the guys back together, christened them in their former colleague's name, and invited the most prominent bass guitarists of the early 21st century down to join them in a project dedicated to Pastorius' legacy. Throughout these polished performances, the bass parts testify to how profoundly Pastorius altered that instrument's role. Bottom line so to speak: he gave them the option of playing from a soloist mentality and blowing all over the beat, as fast and free as any saxophonist, as long as he or she had chops and didn't subvert the groove. The guest bassists on this collection absorbed this lesson long ago. Each can scatter quick licks, some of them even faster than Pastorius himself. So why does a vague disenchantment haunt these performances? Perhaps it's because these players, great as they are, are still emulating more than discovering. Some imitate even the nuances of the Pastorius tone and phrasing, as does Richard Bona on "Punk Jazz" -- which, of course, may be a form of tribute in this context. On an opposite extreme, the light-speed, staccato hailstorm unleashed by Victor Wooten on "Teen Town" is fundamentally unmusical, focusing on the player more than the material being played -- which is, come to think of it, the real revelation here. Pastorius' tunes reflect a compositional maturity that wasn't always evident in the more improvisational context of Weather Report, and his arrangements -- notably an idiosyncratic treatment of "Killing Me Softly" and the marimba-flavored exotica of "Opus Pocus" -- suggest that had he had more time, he would have written history with his pen as much as his performance. One complaint: the samples of Pastorius' voice, chopped into microbits that carry no meaningful content and seem intended to function as objects of postmodern reflection, if not reverence. All these interruptions accomplish is to remind you that some artists speak most eloquently without words.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2003
  • Label: Heads Up
  • UPC: 053361307820
  • Catalog Number: 3078
  • Sales rank: 74,822

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jaco Speaks - Jaco Pastorius (0:07)
  2. 2 Havona - Jaco Pastorius (5:19)
  3. 3 Teen Town - Jaco Pastorius (4:10)
  4. 4 Jaco Speaks - Jaco Pastorius (0:04)
  5. 5 Punk Jazz - Jaco Pastorius (5:03)
  6. 6 Jaco Speaks - Jaco Pastorius (0:05)
  7. 7 Barbary Coast - Jaco Pastorius (5:55)
  8. 8 Killing Me Softly - Jaco Pastorius (4:22)
  9. 9 Jaco Speaks - Jaco Pastorius (0:05)
  10. 10 (Used to Be A) Cha Cha - Jaco Pastorius (6:54)
  11. 11 Wiggle Waggle (5:46)
  12. 12 Jaco Speaks - Jaco Pastorius (0:10)
  13. 13 Continuum - Jaco Pastorius (3:23)
  14. 14 Jaco Speaks - Jaco Pastorius (0:04)
  15. 15 Elegant People (6:29)
  16. 16 Opus Pocus - Jaco Pastorius (5:16)
  17. 17 Peter & Jaco Speak (0:47)
  18. 18 Domingo - Jaco Pastorius (6:44)
  19. 19 Forgotten Love - Jaco Pastorius (4:01)
  20. 20 Jaco Speaks - Jaco Pastorius (7:18)
  21. 21 Punk Jazz Revisited - Jaco Pastorius (6:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jaco Pastorius Big Band Primary Artist, Bass, Electric Bass
Victor Bailey Bass
Randy Bernsen Guitar, Koto, Rhythm, Soloist, Group Member
Peter Graves Conductor, Group Member
Jimmy Haslip Bass
Gerald Veasley Bass
Joe Zawinul Keyboards
Michael Brignola Flute, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Woodwind, Group Member
Ed Calle Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind, Soloist, Group Member
Kenneth Faulk Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Brass, Group Member
Michael Levine Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Rhythm, Soloist, Group Member
Christian McBride Bass
Marcus Miller Bass, scratching, Bass Clarinet, Drums, Bass Guitar, Soprano Saxophone, Clavinet, Synthesizer Bass
Billy Ross Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Woodwind, Soloist, Group Member
Dana Teboe Trombone, Brass, Group Member
Victor Wooten Bass
John Kricker Bass Trombone, Brass, Group Member
Mike Scaglione Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Jason Carder Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Brass, Soloist, Group Member
Jeff Carswell Bass
Mark Griffith Drums
Gary Keller Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind, Group Member
Gary Mayone Marimbas, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Michael "Patches" Stewart Trumpet
Jeff Kievit Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Brass, Group Member
Bobby Thomas Jr. Hand Drums, Guest Appearance
Richard Bona Bass
Roger Byman Soprano Saxophone
Dave Pastorius Bass
Craig Gosnell Bass Trombone, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Victor Bailey Liner Notes
Herbie Hancock Composer
Jaco Pastorius Composer
Wayne Shorter Composer
Randy Bernsen Engineer, Engineering
Pee Wee Ellis Composer
Stan Webb Arranger
Peter Graves Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Jimmy Haslip Liner Notes
Gerald Veasley Liner Notes
Michael Bishop Engineer, Mastering, Engineering
Dan Bonsanti Arranger
Charles Fox Composer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Dave Love Executive Producer
Christian McBride Liner Notes
Marcus Miller Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Orchestration, Woodwind Arrangement, Engineering
Victor Wooten Liner Notes
Jeff Carswell Liner Notes
Michael Hurzon Producer
David Newsom Enhanced CD Design
Ivan Zervigon Engineer, Engineering
Larry Warrilow Arranger, Liner Notes, Orchestration, Sound Consultant
Richard Bona Liner Notes
Robert Hoffman Art Direction
Todd Brown Video Editor
Juan Cristobal Losada Engineer, Engineering
Javier Carrion Engineer, Engineering
John C. Bruening Liner Notes, Track Annotations
Allen Perry Lyricist, Voice Editing
Jaco Pastorius Big Band Arranger, Cover Image
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