Thursday, April 27, 2017

CD Review: Jaco Pastorius Provides The Code Of "Truth, Liberty & Soul" With New Live Album

Bassist Jaco Pastorius (Weather Report) is seeing a revival in his music, thanks to the film "JACO," which was produced by Metallica's Robert Trujillo. The film dove into the life of Jaco Pastorius like never before, reminding us what a great musician his was. Now, to celebrate more of his music, Resonance Records is releasing a newly discovered live recording from Jaco Pastorius from 1982.
This new live album was released as a limited deluxe 3-LP edition on April 22nd (Record Store Day) and will be available as a 2-CD set on May 19th. The deluxe edition also includes a 100-page book filled with new essays by Trujillo, producer Zev Feldman and Jaco Pastorius authority Bill Milkowski, just to name a few. The book also includes many rare, unpublished photos. The show was captured for NPR's "Jazz Alive!" broadcast, but this new version features over 40 minutes of extra material not aired on the original broadcast.
The set begins with the high-energy of the 13-minute "Invitation" as Jaco and trumpet player Randy Brecker trade solos. You can almost feel the love Jaco Pastorius has for performing live with his funk-jazz delivery of "The Chicken," before stretching out to expand his sound on the jazz fusion of "Donna Lee." Jaco and his band do an outstanding job with their versions of "Sophisticated Lady," featuring harmonica icon Toots Thielemans and "I Shot The Sheriff," featuring Othello Molineaux on steel pans.
Percussionist Don Alias gets his time to shine on "Okonkole Y Trompa" and on the 14-minute presentation of "Bass And Drum Improvisation," which includes elements of Jim Hendrix, before closing out the set with "Fannie Mae." To find out more about the new Jaco Pastorius release "Truth, Liberty & Soul - Live In NYC: The Complete 1982 NPR Jazz Alive! Rcording," please visit

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