Jaco Pastorius

Jaco Pastorius

by Jaco Pastorius


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From the first note of his debut recording as a leader, Jaco Pastorius was ready to tell the world that he was the baddest new kid on the block. Using Charlie Parker's intricate bop classic "Donna Lee" as a launching pad, Pastorius gives a stunning display of electric fretless bass wizardry that still sounds revolutionary today. Although there are plenty of prime examples of Jaco's lethal chops -- hear his daunting use of harmonics on "Portrait of Tracy" -- JACO PASTORIUS also showcases the bassist's noteworthy gifts as a composer and arranger. His R&B roots surface on "Come On, Come Over" (featuring vocalist Sam Moore of Sam and Dave), while the "Kuru/Speak Like a Child" medley displays his depth as an orchestrator. The glorious Pastorius would continue expanding the role of the electric bass through his work with Weather Report, Joni Mitchell, and subsequent solo projects, but his first outing remains a highlight of his too-brief career.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/01/2000
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646497722
catalogNumber: 64977
Rank: 3641

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jaco Pastorius   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
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
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
Bobby Colomby   Producer
David Palmer   Engineer
Don Puluse   Engineer
Jan Rathburn   Engineer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Ted Brosnan   Engineer
Ted Hammond   Engineer
Lily Lew   Packaging Manager
Bob Herzog   Composer

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Jaco Pastorius 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago