Punk Jazz: The Jaco Pastorius Anthology

Punk Jazz: The Jaco Pastorius Anthology

by Jaco Pastorius
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Punk Jazz: The Jaco Pastorius Anthology

Thankfully, there is finally a definitive Jaco Pastorius anthology that offers an accurate portrait of the breadth and depth of his innovative artistry beyond what his contributions to Weather Report and his own Word of Mouth and Trio of Doom (which many would argue are sufficient in and of themselves) would suggest. This two-CD, 28-track collection ranges across the fretless bass inventor's earliest recordings, documented by a live appearance with Wayne Cochran's C.C. Riders and home playing the Cochran standard "Amelia," to his work with underground R&B act Little Beaver and such artists as Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, Joni Mitchell in and out of the studio, Paul Bley, Airto and Flora Purim, Michel Columbier, Brian Melvin, and his diverse projects -- including "Birdland" with Weather Report. There are three unreleased cuts -- "Amelia," an unreleased home demo of "The Chicken," and "Good Morning Annya" from his unfinished steel drum project, Holiday for Pans. Two other cuts, "Foreign Fun" and "Okonkole y Trompa," are on CD in the United States for the first time. Pastorius fanatics will no doubt already have everything here in one form or another. Casual listeners will be astonished by the sheer multi-dimensional nature of his limitless musicality and vision. Even those well acquainted with Pastorius will be surprised as to how well the sequencing of these tracks offers such a prismatic view of Pastorius' growth as a bassist -- check out the silky funky grooves on Little Beaver's "I Can Dig It Baby" and the gutbucket greasy R&B of "Amelia," as they give way to adventurous early fusion of "Batterie" with Metheny, Bley, and Bruce Ditmas. Even in abstraction, Pastorius had a groove. The more pop side of Jaco's work is highlighted on the first disc with his contributions to Joni Mitchell's Mingus and Shadows and Light albums, as well as his more exotic, atmospheric work with Airto and Flora. Disc two concentrates on Jaco's innovative work as a composer for his own bands, as evidenced by "Word of Mouth," "Liberty City," "John and Mary," "Chromatic Fantasy," and "Blackbird." Four live tracks with the big band showcase his role as a bandleader and arranger of true authority and vision. The solo "Amerika" offers a more intimate view of Pastorius as a seeker of texture and sonic subtleties. The set closes with him in trios with Mike Stern and Brian Melvin. This is a necessary package for anyone interested in the development of electric jazz in the 1970s and 1980s.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2003
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227377922
catalogNumber: 73779
Rank: 65236

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jaco Pastorius   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Electric Bass,Drums,Saxophone,Vocals,Mandocello,Prophet 5,Bass Pan Pipes
Joni Mitchell   Guitar,Vocals
Betty Wright   Background Vocals
Bob Berg   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Bley   Electric Piano
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Larry Carlton   Electric Guitar
Jack DeJohnette   Drums
Peter Erskine   Drums,Gong,Timpani
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Herbie Hancock   Piano,Electric Piano,fender rhodes,Soloist,Mini Moog
Hubert Laws   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Albert Mangelsdorff   Trombone
Brian Melvin   Drums
Pat Metheny   Electric Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Bob Mintzer   Bass Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bob Moses   Drums
Alphonse Mouzon   Drums
Wayne Shorter   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Mike Stern   Guitar
Lenny White   Drums
Alex Foster   Clarinet,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Timmy Thomas   Keyboards
Emil Richard   Percussion
Don Alias   Conga,Bells
Airto Moreira   Percussion,Drums
Peter Graves   French Horn,Bass Trombone
Alex Acuña   Drums
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Joe Zawinul   Synthesizer,Piano,Vocals,Melodica
Manolo Badrena   Tambourine
Dave Bargeron   Trombone,Tuba
Neal Bonsanti   Saxophone,Woodwind
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Michel Colombier   Synthesizer,Piano,fender rhodes
Bruce Ditmas   Drums
Randy Emerick   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Hugo Fattoruso   Keyboards
Kenneth Faulk   Trumpet
Robert Ferguson   Percussion,Drums
Russ Freeland   Trombone
Robert Gable   Baritone Saxophone
Steve Gadd   Drums
Mike Katz   Trombone
Rodney Lafon   Trumpet
Benny Latimore   Keyboards
Gary Lindsay   Saxophone,Woodwind
Paul McCandless   English Horn,Oboe,Tenor Saxophone
Othello Molineaux   Steel Drums,Pan Flute/Pan Pipes
Brett Murphey   Trumpet
Melton Mustafa   Trumpet
Brian O'Flaherty   Trumpet
Jerry Peel   French Horn
Flora Purim   Vocals
Lee Ritenour   Guitar
Allyn Robinson   Drums
Oscar Salas   Percussion
Toots Thielemans   Harmonica
Ron Tooley   Trumpet
Brad Warnaar   French Horn
Skip Weisser   Trombone
Leroy Williams   Steel Drums
John Brem   Trumpet
Mario Cruz   Clarinet,Alto Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Alex Darqui   fender rhodes
Paul Horn-Muller   Guitar,Steel Drums
Gary Mayone   Marimbas
Steve Roitstein   French Horn
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Bass Trombone
Pamela Sessody   Vocals
Bobby Thomas   Percussion,Conga,Hand Drums
Jon Davis   Piano
Steve Jordan   Drums
Charles "Icarus" Johnson   Guitar
Willie Clarke   Percussion
Mary Pastorius   Vocals

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer,Producer
Betty Wright   Composer
Carla Bley   Composer
Paul Bley   Producer
Hiram Bullock   Producer
Albert Mangelsdorff   Composer
Brian Melvin   Producer
Pat Metheny   Composer
Charles Mingus   Composer
Jaco Pastorius   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Mike Stern   Composer
Pee Wee Ellis   Composer
Bronislaw Kaper   Composer
Don Alias   Composer
Airto Moreira   Composer,Producer
Carlos Albrecht   Engineer
Joe Zawinul   Composer,Producer,Quotes Researched & Compiled
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Kevin Beamish   Engineer
Michel Colombier   Composer
Bobby Colomby   Producer
Denny Diante   Producer
Manfred Eicher   Producer
Doug Epstein   Engineer
Hugo Fattoruso   Arranger
Willie "Beaver" Hale   Composer
Roger Harris   Engineer
Andy Johns   Engineer
Howard Johnston   Engineer
Steve Katz   Engineer
Henry Lewy   Engineer
Ron Malo   Engineer
Kerry McNabb   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Bob Monaco   Producer
David Palmer   Engineer
Gary Peterson   Discographical Annotation
Flora Purim   Producer
Don Puluse   Engineer
Ricky Schultz   Liner Notes
Jerry Solomon   Engineer
Martin Wieland   Engineer
Bill Milkowski   Liner Notes
Jan Rathburn   Engineer
Yutaka Tomioka   Engineer
Yoshihisa Watanabe   Engineer
Peter Yianilos   Engineer
Jim Henderson   Composer
Brian Risner   Engineer
Maria Villar   Art Direction
Willie Clarke   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Traditional   Composer

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Punk Jazz: The Jaco Pastorius Anthology 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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When I was a young man growing up, the best bass players were always black. then I discovered this cat " Jaco Pastorius". since then I have come to realise that you white guys can REALLY hit THE the spot.