Sunday, 14 February 2010

Jaco Pastorius - Jaco Pastorius (1976)

Genre: Jazz / Post Bop, Fusion, Jazz-Rock
Format: Flac + cue + log
Released: 1976 {2000 Legacy Rem. with bonus tracks}
Label: Epic

It's impossible to hear Jaco Pastorious' debut album today as it sounded when it was first released in 1976. The opening track -- his transcription for fretless electric bass of the bebop standard "Donna Lee" -- was a manifesto of virtuosity; the next track, the funk-soul celebration "Come On, Come Over" was a poke in the eye to jazz snobs and a love letter to the R&B greats of the previous decade (two of whom, Sam & Dave, sing on that track); "Continuum" was a spacey, chorus-drenched look forward to the years he was about to spend playing with Weather Report. The program continues like that for three-quarters of an hour, each track heading off in a different direction -- each one a masterpiece that would have been a proud achievement for any musician....

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