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Jaco Pastorius Big Band

"Word Of Mouth Revisited"

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Jaco Speaks

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Jaco Speaks

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Havona

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Continuum

3

Teen Town

14

Jaco Speaks

4

Jaco Speaks

15

Elegant People

5

Punk Jazz

16

Opus Pocus

6

Jaco Speaks

17

Peter & Jaco Speak

7

Barbary Coast

18

Domingo

8

Killing Me Softly

19

Forgotten Love

9

Jaco Speaks

20

Jaco Speaks

10

(Used to be a) Cha Cha

21

Punk Jazz Revisited

11

Wiggle Waggle

   

The thirteen tracks on ‘Word of Mouth Revisited’ cover, as a tribute, much of Jaco Pastorius’ prolific and diverse career that began in the 1970s, when he made his solo debut, through to the late 80s. Along the way he worked with Peter Graves, Pat Metheney, Joni Mitchell and Weather Report and other well known names. A five-year stint with the Peter Graves Orchestra gave him an opportunity to write, arrange and otherwise expand the role and potential of the electric bass. As Christian McBride says, ‘If you play the electric bass you have come through Jaco. He made innovations on the instrument that had never been made before him, if you want to make a true statement. Nobody has ever innovated on that instrument like Jaco Pastorius.’

Pastorius died in September, 1987. ‘Word of Mouth Revisited,’ recorded earlier this year is a tribute recorded to his legacy featuring the ‘re-christened’ Jaco Pastorius Big Band. The fourteen-piece ensemble is under the direction of Pastorius’ old friend Peter Graves and features guest appearances by nine of the most talented electric bass players on the contemporary jazz scene – Victor Bailey, Richard Bona, Jeff Carswell, Jimmy Haslip, Christain McBride, Marcus Miller, David Pastorius, Gerald Veasley and Victor Wooten. Pastorius is featured here on Herbie Hancock’s ‘Wiggle Waggle’ – his bass part being extracted from a live concert recorded several years ago. Other early recordings were also extracted to make up the eight ‘Jaco Speaks’ tracks.

The pre-release publicity described this album as, ‘Inspired by the music and spirit of Jaco Pastorius, ‘Word of Mouth Revisited’ is possibly the most impressive line-up of bass virtuosity ever assembled to date.’ I certainly agree and not only that the standard of the accompanying musicians is of the highest calibre.

Jack Ashby

 

 



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